Episode 314 — Laila Lalami

   
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Laila Lalami is the guest. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, is available now from Pantheon.

Salman Rushdie says

Laila Lalami has fashioned an absorbing story of one of the first encounters between Spanish conquistadores and Native Americans, a frightening, brutal, and much-falsified history that here, in her brilliantly imagined fiction, is rewritten to give us something that feels very like the truth.

And Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it

Assured, lyrical . . . Certainly the most extensive telling of the tale from ‘the Moor’s’ point of view . . . Adding a new spin to a familiar story, Lalami offers an utterly believable, entertainingly told alternative to the historical record. A delight.

Monologue topics:  mail, Jim Morrison, my friend pain.