The Sand Child
by Tahar Ben Jelloun
In this lyrical and poetic tale, we witness a father’s desire to circumvent the Islamic law of inheritance, in an effort to ensure for his eighth daughter the rights she would be granted, were she a male. To this end, he disguises her as a boy, and must constantly battle the suspicion that endlessly follows her. Tahar Ben Jelloun’s novel, The Sand Child, is a provocative glimpse into questions of religious law, gender identity, and sexual awakening.