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Sex and Lies by Leila Slimani
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Jul 14, 2020 | ISBN 9780143133766

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“Vivid, at times unbearable testimonies . . . In an act of rare humility and generosity, Slimani offers [these women] what they’ve been deprived of: a space to tell their stories, to exist.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Potent . . . An ensemble portrait of women drawn together through the force of pressures they all face . . . Slimani keeps a light presence in the interviews, not unlike Svetlana Alexievich’s conversations with former Soviet women soldiers.” —John Freeman, Lit Hub

“A passionate, candid, and convincing narrative of unmasking and revelation.” Kirkus Reviews

“I salute Leila Slimani for writing this important, honest and brave book. . . . As a writer from a Turkish background, I am moved by Slimani’s words. The women she talks to could just as well have been Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish.” ­—Elif Shafak, New Statesman
“Like Adèle did before it, this slim book of impassioned pleas, and of human impulses that resonate, is one step to more women breaking free.” Evening Standard

“Challenge[s] one of the Arab world’s great taboos . . . [and] provides a rare, and perhaps unique, look into a patriarchal Arab society laden with hypocrisy.” The Times (U.K.)

“Slimani deserves credit for giving a voice to those for whom ‘just being myself is activism.’ ’’ The Spectator

“A gripping portrait of a society riven by inner conflict, poised on a power-keg of desire.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Sex and Lies does not lack for passion [and] raises legitimate questions.” Financial Times
“Well executed: the novelist paints vivid portraits of her interviewees.” Sunday Times (U.K.)
“An original book.” Cosmopolitan (U.K.)
“Searing . . . Page-turning.” AnOther Magazine

“Fascinating and surprising.” Elle (France)

“A nuanced and pragmatic reflection on the situation of women in Morocco and in the Arab-Muslim world.” L’Express

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