The Religious Police

 Since we left Saudi Arabia in 2017, I see my friends post pictures of parties, cinema openings, live concerts…something unimaginable a few years ago. Women have now the right to drive in the kingdom and the abaya is no longer compulsory. The story below, from my first novel The Polar Bear and The Palm Tree … More The Religious Police

The Black Child

My appointment with May-Ling Chen, Singapore’s respected scholar, political figure and philanthropist, had been cancelled, rescheduled and postponed too many times. I was young, I was ambitious, I needed that interview for the magazine I was working for. I was convinced it would boost my career. I continued calling Madam Chen’s office every day, several … More The Black Child

The War Between Us

My latest short story, dedicated to my own grand-father. Pour toi, Henri. The young man in full uniform staring at me from the black and white photo is handsome. I have turned the pages of this family album dozens of times. I have looked at those photos again and again but have never really thought … More The War Between Us