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Leïla Slimani

Morocco (b.1981)

Leïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. Slimani is a journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights. She lives in Paris with her husband and two children.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction, Mystery

   The Perfect Nanny (2017)
     aka Lullaby
   Adele (2019)
   In the Country of Others (2021)
Non fiction
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : The Perfect Nanny

Leïla Slimani recommends
Heatwave (2021)
Victor Jestin
"This is a searingly vivid novel that depicts the torments of adolescence in a sensual, carnal way. But it is also a profound meditation on the mystery of evil, our deadly urges, and the savagery that lies deep within each of us. I loved the writing, which is spare but highly evocative, and I admired the way that the author used the enclosed world of the campsite to fuel the claustrophobic tension that mounts throughout."
The Woman in the Purple Skirt (2021)
Natsuko Imamura
"A breathless novel that depicts with sly humor the strange relationship between two women in contemporary Japan. You too will be obsessed with the Woman in the Purple Skirt and held in suspense until the last page."
People Like Them (2021)
Samira Sedira
"Disturbing and powerful … I loved it."

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