The Moor's Account: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 9, 2014 - Fiction - 336 pages

A New York Times Notable Book
A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year

In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.

As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.

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Once you read The Moor's Account you can understand why it was short-listed for a Pulitzer. This historical fiction novel of the Narvaez expedition to La Florida is a compelling read. As I read each ... Read full review

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I have mixed feelings about The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, on the one hand it was a fascinating story presented as the memoirs of a black Moroccan slave who accompanied his master on the 1527 ... Read full review

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The Story of La Florida
The Story of My Birth
The Story of the Illusion
The Story of Azemmur
The Story of the March
The Story of the Sale
The Story of Apalache
The Story of Seville
The Story of Ramatullai
The Story of the Rafts
The Story of the Island of Misfortune
The Story of the Three Rivers
The Story of the Carancahuas
The Story of the Yguaces
The Story of the Avavares
The Story of the Land of Corn

The Story of Aute

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About the author (2014)

Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize long list. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, and The New York Times, and in many anthologies. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship and is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.

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