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About the Author
French-Moroccan Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny (Chanson douce), which sold 600,000 copies in its first year of publication, making Slimani the most-read author in France in 2016. It was for this novel that she was awarded France’s Prix Goncourt, and she became the second Moroccan and the twelfth woman to receive the prestigious award. Her first novel, Adèle (Dans le jardin de l’ogre), was given the La Mamounia Literary Prize. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture.
Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she’s been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive.
About The Perfect Nanny
A #1 international bestseller and winner of France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.
Saturday, June 24, 2023 10:00 AM To 11:30 AM
Join Anastasia Sokolow, founder of la Maison Sulékó and member of the French Society of Perfumers, from her Parisian showroom, to discover the mysterious world of roses.Read More
Comme à la maison
Comme à la maison
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:00 PM To 5:30 PM
The French Library is pleased to welcome you for an afternoon of cartoons in French with our sponsor TV5 Monde.Read More
Theater Club in May
In-person, Indoor Event in French
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 6:30 PM To 8:00 PM
Come join us for the new Theater Club at the French Library, a place to read, watch, discuss and recite contemporary and classic French plays with fellow enthusiasts.Read More