Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Adaptation of Camilla Gibb's "Sweetness in the Belly" to star Saoirse Ronan


This is extraordinary timing. While we’re debating immigration and muslim refugees, plans are in the works to adapt Camilla Gibb’s 2007 novel Sweetness in the Belly the story of a British orphan raised in Morrocco who travels to England for the first time as a Muslim refugee escaping war-torn Ethiopia. Two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan will play the key role of Lilly. Television writer Laura Phillips authored the screenplay. 


We’ll be seeing Ronan in a quartet of exciting projects sometime later this year: the Checkhov classic The Seagull with Anette Bening and Elizabeth Moss, an adaptation of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, Loving Vincent opposite Aidan Turner and Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig.

About the book 

Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb’s widely praised new novel is a poignant and intensely atmospheric look beyond the stereotypes of Islam. After her hippie British parents are murdered, Lilly is raised at a Sufi shrine in Morocco. As a young woman she goes on pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia, where she teaches Qur’an to children and falls in love with an idealistic doctor. But even swathed in a traditional headscarf, Lilly can’t escape being marked as a foreigner. Forced to flee Ethiopia for England, she must once again confront the riddle of who she is and where she belongs.

 Have you read Sweetness in the Belly? Thoughts?

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