Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

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Laila Lalami (Arabic: ليلى العلمي‎‎, born 1968) is a Moroccan-American novelist and essayist. After earning her undergraduate degree in Morocco, she received a fellowship to study in the UK, where she earned an MA in linguistics.

In 1992 Lalami moved to the United States, completing a PhD in linguistics at the University of Southern California. She began publishing her writing in 1996, and in 2015 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for her 2014 novel The Moor's Account, which received strong critical praise.