Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is the first novel by Faëza Guène, who was only nineteen when it was published in The book was embraced and celebrated in France. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. Faiza Guene, Author, trans. from the French by Sarah Adams. Harcourt $13 (p) ISBN Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is written by Faïza Guène, a young French woman of Algerian origin, who wrote the book when she was nineteen, and.

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Kjffe thought I’d forged my mom’s name on the slip. How stupid is that? On this thing Mom just made a kind of squiggly shape on the page.

That jerk didn’t even think about what he was saying, didn’t even ask himself why her signature might be weird. He’s one of those people who think illiteracy is like AIDS. It only exists in Africa. A funny, kigfe story from a wise guy who happens to be a girl. If you’ve ever fallen in love, if you’ve ever had your heart broken, this story is your story.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow: A Young Woman’s Portrait of Muslims in France | Krista

Now she has a whole new motto: This is her first book. Dependent on welfare and subjected to the obligatory succession of social workers, the two are determined to face forward, despite Doria’s sense of doomed mektoub destinywhere gradual improvement French: Doria, perpetually failing at school, begins a job babysitting a neighbor’s much-adored four-year-old daughter, and Doria’s mother begins literacy courses.

A smart older boy, Nabil, is enlisted to tutor Doria, and she soon recognizes the potential of someone with dreams as opposed to neighborhood teens like Hamoudi and Youssef, imprisoned kiff drug dealing and car theft. Throughout, the strictures of patriarchal Muslim culture clash with a nascent feminist freedom and Doria’s exuberant, sophisticated teen talk.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

This small novel reads like a quiet celebration within a chaotic ghetto. In the rough Paris housing projects, Doria, 15, a child of Muslim immigrant parents, sets her soap-opera dreams against the grim daily struggle, even as she does sometimes find the bold and the beautiful in herself and in her neighborhood. Trouble is, our scriptwriter’s got no talent. And he’s never heard of happily ever after.

The first-person contemporary narrative, translated from the French, is touching, furious, sharp, and very funny. Since Doria’s dad moved back to Morocco to marry again he wants a sonMom cleans hotel rooms, and Doria wants to drop out of school.

The boy she loves is in trouble with drugs and loves someone else. Honest about the oppression of women and about the prejudice, both ways, Guene also shows those who break free.

Much like enduring the pain of her wisdom teeth, she discovers that “it hurts to learn. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less.


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Please try again later. I bought this book for class and ended up enjoying it. The blurb makes the book sound more complicated than it really is.

The protagonist speaks in different voices, including filtered and unfiltered depending on who she is talking to But nearly always directly with the audience. The chapters kivfe numbered and each one sort miffe covers an event or circumstance in Doria’s life.

You view the world through Doria’s kivfe as she matures and learns more about herself and others. A sort of coming-of-age story with several empowered female characters, this is a great book for any person under kifre who feels that life is difficult And will learn that things can change.

Good book, sound plot, interesting read, good use of voice, it’s not overdone, different from classic coming of age stories, with themes of female empowerment in a sort of sexist, uneducated and foreign setting.

One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I found this book to be an insightful look at the hardships of growing up in the projects.

I have worked with many underprivileged students who have the tmoorrow out look on life as Doria, the narrator. I loved seeing her grow and develop as a character throughout the novel. Even more, I loved the inside glimpses I was able to grasp to help me better understand the students I serve. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone. Seeing how others live in hardship is an enlightening experience. I would especially recommend this to ikffe. First off, may I just say how happy I was to learn the author was 19 when she wrote this, after Kaavya Viswanathan’s plagiarism was excused because of her age, as if it’s impossible for a young writer to write an original story without “internalizing” half a dozen other better books.


This is patronizing and untrue. Anyway, getting off my soapbox the book is a coming of age novel about a Moroccan teenager whose father kidfe left her and her mother, and who lives in a low income part of France. The heroine’s economic situation is the polar opposite tomoorrow Holden Caulfield’s so her cynicism about her future doesn’t come across as a pose.

Things are bleak all around, but eventually, they improve for her and her mother.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow: A Young Woman’s Portrait of Muslims in France

To tell more would be giving away too much for the book is fairly short. The book is compulsively readable, and Doria, the heroine, is an engaging and perceptive narrator.

However, there were a few flaws. When I read a novel, I expect the scenes to eventually build up to a climax, rather than just be strung together. With this book, it felt like things improved a bit, the narrator told us rather than the author showing that she was now more optimistic and then it ended, just like that.

It felt like the author got called away for dinner mid-scene and never went back to wrap things up in a more cohesive manner. The heroine seemed to jump from pessimism to optimism rather abruptly, rather than growing progressively happier. But the reader won’t begrudge her, her better fortune. This book came just in time for my clas, and was in mint condition. I truly enjoyed this semi-autobiographic story of a Morocco girl growing up in a poverished section of suburbs outside Paris whose father left them.

It was a great story! This is a quick read, it took me like 2.

This book was a requirement for one of my literature classes and this rivals ‘The Madonnas of Echo Park’ as one of my favorite books. It’s humorous all the way through which makes it very entertaining, it’s really my sense of humor.

Did not enjoy the book. A wonderful novel to inspire the French classroom! See all 29 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping.

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