The House in Morocco

Written by Rosalind Brackenbury
Review by Lorraine Gelly

Sarah Henderson is an American journalist traveling in France and North Africa. Before her mother who was stricken with Alzheimer’s died, Sarah learned about her mother’s brief stay in Morocco in 1936. Sarah also found an old photo of her mother, her uncle and a Moroccan man. On a free-lance assignment in France, restless and unsettled with her job and her love life, Sarah impulsively travels to Morocco. When her memory was good, her mother told Sarah about the house with the blue door in a town that used to be called Mogador.

Sarah finds accommodations at an old house being renovated into a hotel. Could this be the house with the blue door she has heard her mother speak of? Ostensibly there to write articles about Moroccan women, Sarah is really on a quest to find herself. As the book takes place around 1990, it is not really a historical novel; there are a few flashbacks to her mother’s story, but very little history. Nevertheless, it is an interesting study of a time and an era that were rapidly changing. Sarah’s relationships with the other people in the house, especially the other two women there, give her much to contemplate about her own life. She is definitely a changed person when she finally leaves Morocco.