“Algeria’s Way is an altogether surprising book. Upon reading the back cover and discovering that this is a novel about a girl, Algeria, who is “classified as honorary white under South Africa’s old laws”, the first surprise is that the story is set in Spain, and not in South Africa.
“The second surprise is that it is a story about a pilgrimage, and one immediately imagines saints, sandals and sunburn. Again, the crafty backhand is that this novel is not about Catholicism or religious revelations. Rather, it is a sultry and simply told tale of exploration, truth and individuality.”