Posted on August 10, 2021 at 9:06 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Leila Slimani's new novel, In the Country of Others, hit shelves today.

The story of Mathilde, who falls in love with the Moroccan soldier Amine during his service in her French town, is loosely based on Slimani’s own grandparents.

Mathilde marries Amine and follows him to Morocco, where the starry-eyed bliss she’d felt when on her own turf quickly dissipates as she realizes how disruptive an interracial marriage is.

You can read an excerpt from In the Country of Others at Literary Hub, as well as reviews from the New York Times and the Guardian.

Slimani, who previously wrote the award-winning novels Adèle and The Perfect Nanny, has also served as France’s representative for the promotion of French language and culture.

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