Her obsessions devour her. She is helpless to stop them...
Adèle has a seemingly enviable life. She is a respected journalist, living in a flawless Paris apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, Adèle is bored. She begins to orchestrate her life around one-night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she’s been, until her compulsions threaten to consume her altogether...
Released in the UK as a follow-up to Slimani's bestseller Lullaby, though written and published internationally before, Adèle is a riveting and explosive read that has cemented Slimani's position as one of the best writers of our time.
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Leïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she won for Lullaby. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, she is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children. In 2020, Slimani will take part in the Hay Festival Europa28 project: women writers reimagining the future of Europe, with a new anthology out on 19 March and Hay Festival in Rijeka, Croatia, 3–5 June.
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