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By Tahar Ben Jelloun

Award-winning, the world over bestselling writer Tahar Ben Jelloun's new novel is the tale of an immigrant named Mohammed who has spent 40 years in France and is set to retire. Taking inventory of his existence- his devotion to Islam and to his assimilated children-he comes to a decision to come to Morocco, the place he spends his life's mark downs construction the most important condo within the village and waits for his kids and grandchildren to return be with him. A heartbreaking novel approximately mom and dad and kids, A Palace within the outdated Village captures the occasionally stark contrasts among outdated- and new-world values, and an immigrant's abiding pursuit of home.

(Book was once initially released in French by way of Gallimard, 2009. )

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So he told me what he’d been doing for years. And I told him, “I want in on that! ” The seed of giving was planted in their hearts. I prayed it would become their passion. So the week before Christmas came, and I got to work. Scott bought his regular carts of food, and I found out that he also buys toiletry items, detergent, soap, and things like that. I loved adding to the joy by baking some cakes and cookies, and buying and wrapping individual gifts for each person in the families. The night we packed up our car was such a blast.

Scott’s mom believes that no matter how much you have, there is always something to share. Even for our family, she’ll stop by the house with a bag of homegrown tomatoes or a bouquet of fresh flowers from her yard. We came home the other day to a box of hot doughnuts on the back steps. ” But I also know that we were just one of her many stops. She probably dropped off a few tomatoes for a widow down the street or took flowers to someone she just met in her neighborhood. My mother-in-law has a heart of gold, and she passed that to my husband.

Oh, the things she could tell us. The point is that we are each on a different journey, but we all long to love our children well, to be great moms, and to become even better along the way. I am praying that in these pages you find encouragement, renewed inspiration, and hope. I pray that you can laugh at yourself, and your kids, when necessary. I pray for you and for myself that when we know better, we’ll do better. I am not done yet. I still want to become the mom God had in mind when He entrusted four beautiful children to me.

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