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Leïla Slimani

Author of The Perfect Nanny

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About the Author

Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adle, about a woman addicted to sex, when she began meeting women who confided the dark secrets of their sexual lives. In Morocco, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, and sex outside of marriage are all punishable by law, and show more women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. In this fearless expos of the secrets and lies of women's intimate lives, Slimani combines vivid, often harrowing testimonies with her passionate and intelligent commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world. show less

Works by Leïla Slimani

Associated Works

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contributor — 109 copies
We Wrote In Symbols: Love and Lust By Arab Women Writers (2021) — Contributor — 16 copies


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My (kjuliff) January books in 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (January 2023)


This book is precisely what the front cover announces - a personal recount of women's experiences in Morocco in regard to sexuality.

There were no surprises here. The stories we read about are hard to comprehend from a "western" perspective. Sadly, they got repetitive rather quickly with a narrative that seemed to have been pushed onto this to prove a point. I expected more variety in this book, maybe even some positive tales. However, this is not that type of book.

Slimani rightly calls out the hypocrisy of a society oscillating between sexual fantasies and disgust when it comes to sexuality, where religion always has the final word. The obsession with virginity is the norm, while men are among the highest consumers of pornography in the world.

But, more interestingly Slimani says that as long as you are rich you are free, above these laws and mores. Sadly, that seems true for women wherever they are in this world.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 4 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
I read it in a short time and was intrigued for most of it, but at the end I was left wondering what, and why, and feeling like I had missed something key here...
Jenniferforjoy | 104 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Wow. Gripping story, really well told. Deep character analysis. I tumbled headlong into the book and read it nearly in one go.

The author won the Goncourt Prize here in France for this novel in 2016. Now I need to go read everything else she's written, though this may be the first one to be translated into English (in France, it's known as The Lullaby, in the English version). In which case, my French will certainly get a workout!
fmclellan | 104 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Written by author of “Lullaby” this is story of a young French woman who falls in love with a Moroccan soldier who is part of the liberating force in her village. Wanting to escape restricted village life she joins her husband in his native country. From then on she learns both how different the country and the role (options for) women is. Tempted not to return after a visit to her father’s funeral in France, she commits to her new life. In the Moroccan background the nationalist movement is growing in strength and violent action. Although trying to largely ignore what is going on around them, they are drawn in. As I read, I wondered if the family might be destroyed by the tumult around them, but the novel ends with them looking out on the impending chaos.… (more)
simbaandjessie | 12 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |



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