Norah Shariff’s autobiography is likely to cause some turmoil as she takes the reader into a harsh world created by her immediate family; a world filled with obstacles preventing her from gaining precious freedom. Norah is brought up in a living nightmare, created by her father’s abuse and violence, her grandparents’ strict religious precepts, and an oppressive religious system. Although a victim herself, Norah is unyieldingly supportive to the point of being overprotective of her mother whose own hell on earth is filled with daily physical and psychological abuse. Over time, Norah realizes her life is slipping away and her strength of character and audacious nature are the two key elements which will eventually free her from the horrific shackles weighing her down.
About the Author
Born in France in the early 1980s, Norah Shariff spent her childhood and early adolescence in the Paris region. When she was 13, her parents – originally from Algeria – returned to this North African country where Norah pursued her studies at a French Lycée. At 17, she left school to work in the restaurant of a renowned hotel. To ensure the family’s safety, Norah’s mother, Samia Shariff (author of The Veil of Fear), returned to France with her five children in the year 2000. They would experience many months of extreme hardship until 2001, when Canada – their new homeland – finally welcomed them. Since their arrival in this country – where the principle of freedom is a fundamental structure of society – Norah lives with her family and is actively planning her future. Now living in a secure country, she gives us her version of this amazing story in Norah's Secrets.