LULLABY

ELLE (UK) - - Elle Play - BY LEÏLA SLIMANI

This thriller starts with all its cards on the ta­ble: the crime (a nanny killing a baby) hap­pens in the

first line. So the story fo­cuses on the par­ents; specif­i­cally the mother and her re­la­tion­ship with the nanny. Slimani’s su­perb, lyri­cal writ­ing dis­sects is­sues of class, prej­u­dice and the guilt so­ci­ety puts on work­ing moth­ers. It was a huge hit in France, where Slimani won the top lit­er­ary prize, Prix Gon­court, and was even of­fered the role of Min­is­ter of Cul­ture by Pres­i­dent Macron (she de­clined). Now, its Eng­lish trans­la­tion is mak­ing waves on both

sides of the At­lantic.

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