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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is a startlingly sassy coming-of-age tale that realistically imagines the time when a girl feels she's on the outside, looking in. In the case of Doria, Guène's 15-year-old narrator, it is all too true. A child of Moroccan immigrants in France, the bellicose Doria is a cynical Muslim teenager in a Parisian suburb. Abandoned by her father, she and her mother inhabit a small flat in a concrete project far from the glamour, culture, and good schools in Paris. Doria is taunted for being different; her goodwill wardrobe, her family's poverty, and her poor learning skills all seem to point to the same mektoub, or destiny: a future without hope.
Out of this clash of cultures, Doria struggles to find her place and escape the malaise she feels about her life. In the end, she fashions something new taking the Arabic phrase for "same old, same old" (kif-kif), mixing in the French verb kiffer (to really like something), and coining a brand-new motto for herself: "kiffe kiffe tomorrow," a kind of rallying cry that fuels her belief in a future and a home she can love, and turns her despair to hope. Packed with astute social observation, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is rich in trenchant humor, with a cast of unforgettable characters and a narrator with a sharp and powerfully authentic voice. (Fall 2006 Selection)