Leila Slimani Tells the Story of Her Interracial Grandparents in Post-WWII Morocco

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By Meena Kandasamy

By Leila Slimani
Translated by Sam Taylor

In Leila Slimani’s third novel — after “Adèle” and “The Perfect Nanny,” which won France’s Prix Goncourt in 2016 — Amine, a Muslim Moroccan lance corporal fighting for France in World War II, meets a Frenchwoman named Mathilde when his regiment is stationed in her tiny village near Mulhouse, in Alsace. Charmed by his looks and uniform, she becomes his guide and protector. Love blossoms and they marry, moving to Morocco to begin a new life on Amine’s farm.

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