By Saphia Azzedine
Born with the surname X, Marie-Adélaïde has only one clue to help her find her birth mother: a comfort blanket… A funny, tender, impertinent novel.
“Fatima had chosen a long veil that completely covered her to avoid men’s prying eyes, demonstrate her modesty and piety, minimise hair-washing and cut down on blow-dries.”
Marie-Adélaïde, born with the surname X, has fire in her belly: she has a destiny, but doesn’t yet know what it is. Not working on the till at The Golden Loaf. And not living like her few friends, met in prison or in an unsettled life of hard knocks. Could it be as nanny to the perfectly behaved children of The Sublime One? Or tracing her mother whatever the cost? She will find her destiny with the means at her disposal: nerve, a blunt way with words, biting humour, total indomitability and rebellion against every convention. A heroine for our times.
Saphia Azzeddine was born in 1979, from a French-Moroccan mother and a Moroccan father. Her most acclaimed books to date include Confidences à Allah (Léo Sheer, 2008) and Combien veux-tu m’épouser? (Grasset, 2013). Her novel Bilqiss (Stock, 2015) was a great commercial success (25,000 copies sold). She is also an actress, a screenwriter and a film director.