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The first work of non-fiction in English from the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle, translated by Sophie Lewis.
In these essays, Leila Slimani gives voice to young Moroccan women who are grappling with a conservative Arab culture that at once condemns and commodifies sex. In a country where the law punishes and outlaws all forms of sex outside marriage, as well as homosexuality and prostitution, women have only two options for their sexual identities: virgin or wife. Sex and Lies is an essential confrontation with Morocco’s intimate demons and a vibrant appeal for the universal freedom to be, to love and to desire.
A collection of poignant testimonies on the condition of women in Morocco... Leila Slimani gives readers one of the secrets of women's emancipation: access to knowledge and the power to share it with other women. Sex and Lies [is] an important book.
[Slimani] has collected the confidences of Moroccans of all ages and all generations suffocated under the weight of taboo and misogyny, in order to write Sex and Lies. The words of these shocking and courageous women resonate for a long time after reading this striking book.
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