"Some Dream for Fools" by Faiza Guene
Faiza Guene is a rising French author who enjoyed international success with her novel "Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow". This work tells the story of Ahleme, a young woman living on the outskirts of Paris, who is trying to make a life out of the dreams she brought with her from Algeria and the reality she faces every day.
Her father lost his job after an accident at his construction site. Her mother was lost to a massacre in Algeria. And her brother, Foued, boils with adolescent energy and teeters dangerously close to choosing a life of crime.As she wanders the streets of Paris looking for work, Ahleme negotiates the disparities between her dreams and her life, her youth and her responsibilities, the expectations of those back home and the limitations of life in France.
With the same laugh-out-loud, razor-sharp humor that made "Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow" an international hit, "Some Dream for Fools "shows Faiza Guene's evolution as a novelist and reminds us of her extraordinary talent as she explores what happens to people when a lid is put on their dreams.
The translation of this work must have been a challenge - there are many cultural references and subtle humour which must have been difficult to carry across into English. Jenna Johnson has done a great job here, and has produced a novel which reads naturally in English whilst still retaining the important features of the source text. Guene is certainly an author worth keeping an eye on in the future!