Wendy said, "Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir fits the bill for a compelling Moroccan read. It is a memoir ... my review can be found here.
Stolen Lives is a gripping memoir that reads like a political thriller -- the story of Malika Oufkir's turbulent and remarkable life. Born in 1953, Malika Oufkir was the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide. Adopted by the king at the age of five, Malika spent most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the court harem, one of the most eligible heiresses in the kingdom, surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege.
On August 15th, 1972, she was probably the most privileged teenager in all Morocco, having been raised in the opulent seclusion of the monarch's harem. But within 24 hours, her father would be tried and summarily executed for treason, and she and her entire family would be arrested and imprisoned in a remote desert penal colony. For the next 20 years, her accommodations would only grow worse. Malika Oufkir's memories of her 20-year incarceration, most of it in vermin-infested solitary confinement, rivets your attention and educates your senses.