From the bestselling author of Lullaby, the prizewinning debut novel about all our attempts to discover who we are – deep down – and what we actually want.
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From the bestselling author of Lullaby
‘Riveting.’ Evening Standard
‘Explosive.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Thrilling.’ Sunday Times
‘A must-read.’ Vogue
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…
Written in prose of elegant but never bloodless neutrality . . . [Adèle] leads readers through the labyrinth of desire into an understanding of solitude, isolation and the search for authenticity as our common fate.
No man would have dared write what she did. It’s an extraordinary first novel.
A dark and compelling tale . . . It could easily be devoured in one sitting but it will linger in the mind for weeks afterwards.
Slimani is a fearless writer who pulls back the curtain to show what secretly thrills and terrifies women . . . It’s a story that will strike a chord with many.
Be prepared to be shaken and stirred by a feat of great writing on an intriguing subject.
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