Borrowed from a colleague June 2008

An excellent book looking at life in a family home in Fez in the 1940s. As well as talking about everyday life and the effect of the French, Spanish and American forces in the town, Fatima explores concepts of “harem”, boundaries and women’s issues. Her mother rails against confinement while trying to live harmoniously within a two-family-plus-extras household. Fascinating, rich and enjoyable.