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Virtual Event: Leila Slimani and Lisa Taddeo

July 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

Join us on Saturday, July 18 at 12pm PDT when Leila Slimani discusses her new book, Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World, with Lisa Taddeo on Zoom.

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Praise for Sex and Lies

“Vivid, at times unbearable testimonies . . . In an act of rare humility and generosity, Slimani offers [these women] what they’ve been deprived of: a space to tell their stories, to exist.” San Francisco Chronicle

“I salute Leila Slimani for writing this important, honest and brave book. . . . As a writer from a Turkish background, I am moved by Slimani’s words. The women she talks to could just as well have been Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish.” ­—Elif Shafak, New Statesman

“Like Adèle did before it, this slim book of impassioned pleas, and of human impulses that resonate, is one step to more women breaking free.” Evening Standard

About Sex and Lies

“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.


July 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
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