Stolen Lives, Malika Oufkir's intensely moving account of her
twenty years imprisoned in a desert jail in Morocco, was a surprise
international best seller and the second non-fiction title ever
selected for Oprah's Book Club.
In her highly anticipated follow-up, Malika reflects on the life
she lived before and during incarceration and how dramatically the
world had changed when she emerged. Malika Oufkir was born into
extreme privilege as the daughter of the king of Morocco's closest
aide, and she grew up in the palace as companion to the Moroccan
princess. But in 1972, her life of luxury came to a crashing
halt.Her father was executed for attempting to assassinate the
king, and she and her family were locked away for two decades.
After a remarkable escape, Malika and her family returned to the
world theyd left behind, only to find it transformed.
Living for the first time as an adult, Malika writes candidly
about adjusting to the world we take for granted, from negotiating
ATMs to the excesses of shopping malls, to falling in love and sex.
In Stolen Lives, Malika mourned the children she was not having as
she wasted away in prison. When she is finally free, motherhood
becomes crucial to Malika's ability to fully live her life: she
adopts first her niece, then a baby boy from Morocco. Full of
insight and piercing observations, as well as humor, Freedom is as
masterful and thoughtprovoking as the original.