A Powerful Story of Resilience in 1940s Morocco: Leila Slimani's In the Country of Others
Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of the novels Adele and The Perfect Nanny. She’s also a journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights. Her new novel is called In the Country of Others and has her reaching back into her French and Moroccan family history to tell the story of Mathilde, a young French bride who settles in a harsh and isolated corner of Morocco with her new husband Amin. Both Mathilde and Amin face great obstacles; Mathilde struggles to understand the local customs and rules while her spirited and headstrong ways clash against the country’s chauvinism, Amin must come to terms with being a Moroccan man married to a French woman as tensions build between Moroccans and the French colonists. Leilsa Slimani joins us to tell us about her powerful new novel.