Books Set In Morocco That Will Have You Dreaming Of Deserts And Souks

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Morocco is one of those places I always dream of going to but have no plans to actually visit anytime soon. The Blue City, the desert, and the souks all look so incredible!

But since I know I won’t be there too soon, I decided now is the perfect time to make a list of books set in Morocco so I can pretend I’m there.

Most of this list is fiction set in Morocco but there are some Moroccan travel books on here, too. I know the travel ones are higher on my TBR but some of the others also sound really great.

This is one of my few lists I haven’t read anything from yet but I do want to read some of them, hopefully, sooner than later. I’m a mood reader though and have mostly been in a thriller mood lately so we’ll see when I get to these. Anyway, here are some incredible Moroccan books not to miss out on!

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The Caliph’s House

This is the story of Tahir’s move with his family from London to Casablanca inspired by Moroccan vacations from his childhood. With all of their savings, they bought Dar Khalifa, a crumbling seaside mansion that once belonged to the city’s caliph.

Everything about the home fulfills his fantasy from childhood but he also realizes he’s further from home than ever. In Morocco, an empty house is said to attract jinns, invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. Now they must cope with a new culture and all that comes with it.

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

We follow four Moroccans as they cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. As the story progresses, we learn what drives these men and women to risk their lives for the chance at a better future.

The Salt Road

When Isabelle’s estranged archaeologist father dies and leaves her with a puzzle–a box with papers and a mysterious African amulet whose connection remains a mystery.

It starts to become clear when she visits Morocco and learns how he got the amulet. When it’s damaged and she almost dies, she worries her curiosity got the better of her, but her rescuer Taib offers to help uncover its history.

The Sultan’s Wife

It’s 1677 and Nus Nus, the chieftain’s captive son and lowly scribe, has been framed for murder. While he evades punishment for the crime, he ends up caught in a vicious plot between three of the most powerful men in the court.

Meanwhile, Alys Swann, a young Englishwoman, is taken prisoner and brought to the court where she must either renounce her faith and join the Sultan’s harem or die.

Alys and Nus Nus fight to survive and find themselves forming an unlikely alliance.

In Arabian Nights

As Tahir travels through Morocco he collects traditional stories recounted by a vivid cast of characters. Along the way, he describes the colors and passions of Morocco, telling us why it’s such an enchanting land. This sounds like the perfect Morocco travel book.

The Saffron Trail

Nell’s mother died and her marriage is on the rocks but she travels to Morocco hoping the cuisine will help her fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant.

While there she meets Amy, a photographer trying to unravel her family’s role in the Vietnam War. They develop a friendship and uncover a surprising connection from their own pasts.

A Death in the Medina

Ramadan is beginning and it’s the hottest in memory. Only a few foreigners are left in the city. Karim works at the local commissariat with two jobs to help pay for his sister’s wedding. One day and English girl comes to him for help after her bag is stolen, but it’s the same day a Moroccan girl is found dead. Karim investigates and finds predators and secrets behind the high walls of the Medina.

May Day in Morocco

Lucy Landish has a successful company, Holiday Adventure Club, and is taking another group off to Morocco for their annual rose festival. Her group includes a rockstar looking for a break from the limelight, a dying man who wants to make peace with his grown children, and surprisingly, her ex-husband who wants to make peace with her.

This sounds like a really fun and cute book set in Morocco if you want something a little lighter.

Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman’s Journey Toward Independence

Cast out and divorced, a fictional Muslim woman has found herself in a strange new world as she tries to find her way in life while actively participating in the struggle for Moroccan independence from France.

Valley of the Casbahs

The Draa River Valley is a 450-mile valley in the Moroccan Sahara and Jeffrey Tayler is following it on foot and camel where he stays in Casbah homes, attends weddings, visits mosques, and spends evenings in hashish dens. He faces extreme weather and lethal locals along the way.

This is the perfect choice for anyone that likes books about human-powered journeys.

Cinnamon City

In the same vein as Under the Tuscan Sun, Cinnamon City is the tale of Miranda’s purchase and renovation of a dilapidated property in Marrakech.

This is a good choice if you want a book about moving to Morocco.

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail

Malika was born in 1953 to the King of Morocco’s closest aide, General Oufkir. At five she was adopted by the king and spent most of her life in the seclusion of the court harem.

If you want a nonfiction book set in Morocco, this one sounds very interesting!

A Handful of Honey

Annie wants to track down a small oasis town in the Sahara whose inhabitants came to her rescue on a dark day in her youth so she sets off from the olive groves of Italy along the coast of the Mediterranean.

She plunges south through Morocco and Algeria where she finds her old friend and discovers that life in a date-farming oasis isn’t as simple as she thought.

Moon Over Marrakech: A Memoir of Loving Too Deeply in a Foreign Land

Nazneen and her husband Cesar spent their honeymoon in Marrakech and while they were there, she developed a spiritual connection to the city. Everything seemed great until her husband disappeared and she learned he was a manic depressive who suffered a breakdown.

Everything fell apart and once her independence was restored, she returned to Marrakech to write. Much remained the same, including Khadim, the tour guide from her honeymoon. They fall in love and get married before finding out that, like Cesar, he has a hidden dark side.

Hideous Kinky

In search of a better life and possible love, Julia takes her daughters to Morocco in 1972. We follow Bea and her sister, the narrator, as they search for a life in Morocco with their hippie mother. Julie dives headfirst into Sufism while her daughters rebel.

This Blinding Absence of Light

In this tale, fiction is inspired by real-life as horrific stories of desert concentration camps are revealed. King Hassan II of Morocco held political enemies underground with no light and barely enough food and water to get by. Tahar worked closely with a survivor to bring to light the limitlessness of inhumanity and the endurance of human will.

Leaving Tangier

In the early 1990s, young Moroccans gather in a seafront cafe, dreaming of a better future on the Spanish coast they admire in the distance. Their current country has failed them but the tales of fates of would-be immigrants are just as frightening.

But Azel is set on leaving one way or another and when a wealthy Spanish gallery owner offers to take him to Barcelona if he becomes his lover, he agrees, finding himself in another hopeless situation.

The Blue Hour

Robin knew Paul wasn’t perfect but believed they were lucky to find each other. She reluctantly agrees when he suggests going to Morocco for a month.

Once in the city on the beautiful coast, she finds herself enjoying her surroundings while Paul is everything she wants him to be. Until he disappears and she finds herself as the number one suspect. As the truth unravels, she finds herself in the Sahara in a terrifying spiral with no easy escape.

Have you read any of these books set in Morocco? Which ones? Any other Morocco books I should check out?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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