B>The award-winning, #1 internationally bestselling new novel by the author of The Perfect Nanny that lays bare womens intimate, lacerating experience of war (The New York Times Book Review)/b>br>br>After World War II, Mathilde leaves France for Morocco to be with her husband, whom she met while he was fighting for the French army. A spirited young woman, she now finds herself a farmers wife, her vitality sapped by the isolation, the harsh climate, and the mistrust she inspires as a foreigner. But she refuses to be subjugated or confined to her role as mother of a growing family. As tensions mount between the Moroccans and the French colonists, Mathildes fierce desire for autonomy parallels her adopted countrys fight for independence in this lush and transporting novel about race, resilience, and womens empowerment.
"As revealing as Lisa Taddeo's bestseller Three Women, but it has a more urgent political mission." -- Evening Standard A fearless exposé of the secrets and lies of women's intimate lives, by the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny and Adèle "All those in positions of authority--politicians, parents, teachers--maintain the same line: 'Do what you like, but do it in private . ' " Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adèle , 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 women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. Sex and Lies combines vivid, often harrowing testimonies with Slimani's passionate and intelligent commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world.