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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
Faďza Gučne

    9780156030489 Trade Paperback
0156030489
$13.00
192pages
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Trim Size: 5-5/16 x 8
Copyright Year: 2006

Territory: US, C, O
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Synopsis
He 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.
--from Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

"A tale for anyone who has ever lived outside looking in, especially from that alien country called adolescence. A funny, heartfelt 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." -- Sandra Cisneros, author of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET

The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but here it's a whole different kind of France. Doria's father, the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub—their destiny—alone. They have a little help-- from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud.

It seems like fate’s dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life. She'll prove the projects aren't only about rap, soccer, and religious tension. She’ll take the Arabic word kif-kif (same old, same old) and mix it up with the French verb kiffer (to really like something). Now she has a whole new motto: KIFFE KIFFE TOMORROW.

"Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. [Gučne's] characters are unforgettable, her voice fresh, and her book a delight." -- Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Faďza Gučne, the child of Algerian immigrants, grew up in the public housing projects of Pantin, outside Paris. This is her first book.


Praise
"Rendered with tough defiance. [A] brash and bracing read."
Seattle Times,

"This highly original story, told in an equally original voice, will be popular for as long as people read it."
curled up with a good book,

"A feisty, invigorating debut. [F]unny, infuriating, and hopeful about young womanhood and cultural welter. A-" -- Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly,

"Think of Doria on the same adolescent raft as Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield. A cunning wonder."
Harper's,

"[K]udos for this sassy, spunky tale [with] the unforgettable voice. Doria has what it takes to storm any barricade."
Hartford-Courant,

"Smart, upbeat. An empowering new voice transforms kif-kif-- same old, same old-- into kiffer, something to be crazy about."
starred review,Kirkus,

"Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. Her voice is fresh, and her book a delight."
Laila Lalami,

"[C]ompelling, revealing Guene to be a promising addition to the world's literary voices."
Miami Herald,

"Guene keeps her narrative plunging onward, one amusing observation from Doria at a time. [A] promising debut."
Philadelphia Inquirer,

"Exuberant, sophisticated teen talk. This small novel reads like a quiet celebration within a chaotic ghetto."
Publishers Weekly,

"Remarkable. A Gallic version of 'White Teeth,' 'The Catcher in the Rye' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary.' "
Salon,

"[C]ompelling... reveals Guene to be a promising addition to the world's literary voices."
San Francisco Chronicle,

"A tale for anyone who has ever lived outside looking in, especially from that alien country called adolescence."
Sandra Cisneros,

"With bravado, humor, and a healthy dose of rage."
St. Petersburg Times,

"Guene has a bright future ahead of her."
TimeOut Chicago,




Biography

Faďza Gučne attends the University of St. Denis and has just completed her first short film. The child of Algerian immigrants, she grew up in the public housing projects of Pantin, outside Paris. This is her first book.



General Subjects
Fiction- General

Academic Disciplines & Course Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies- Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies- Women's Studies

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Rights Holders: Serial/Audio: Harcourt
UK: Chatto & Windus (Random House UK Ltd.)
Performance/Translation: Hachette Livre

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