Watch Us Dance

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Product Details

Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Viking
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593493304

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About the Author

Leila Slimani is the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2018, for which she became the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Her other books include Adèle, Sex and Lies, and the #1 international bestsellers In the Country of Others and Watch Us Dance, which are the first and second parts of a trilogy of novels based on her family's roots in revolutionary Morocco. Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron's personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture, and is the chair of the jury for the 2023 International Booker Prize. She was ranked #2 on Vanity Fair France's annual list of the Fifty Most Influential French People in the World. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she divides her time between France and Portugal.
Sam Taylor is the award-winning translator of more than sixty books from French, including all of Leila Slimani's fiction.

Reviews

"A rich family saga . . . [written with] voluptuous lyricism and emotional precision . . . Ambitious . . . Kaleidoscopic . . . Compelling." --The Washington Post

"It is no small feat to render a place and time as vividly as Slimani does in Watch Us Dance." --The Cut

"Explores identity, rebellion, race and family dynamics in rich, irresistible prose." --Ms. magazine

"Engrossing . . . Quietly devastating . . . [Slimani] has the novelist's rare skill of being able to nail a life in a single observation. . . . A novel that glides along with swan-like grace." --The Sunday Times (U.K.)

"[A] rich account of how a family's life entwines with history . . . Sprawling, enjoyable . . . Enlivened with richly descriptive writing that never romanticizes its subject matter." --The Telegraph

"Convincing and enveloping . . . Expansive and intimate . . . [with] enthralling passages of lush description . . . expert precision and perceptiveness . . . and vivid, colorful brushstrokes . . . Slimani's writing is beautifully atmospheric and has a panoramic, classic quality." --Financial Times

"Engrossing . . . Watch Us Dance brings the complexity of the post-colonial period in Morocco vividly to life." --Elle (U.K.)

"One of Slimani's most ambitious [novels] yet . . . A story about rebellion and repression, belonging and appearance, love and its betrayal. It is infused with a raw earthiness." --The Economist

"Although Slimani's vibrant imagery evokes the sights, sounds and smells of Morocco, the themes feel universal." --The New Statesman

"Adeptly paints a portrait of Morocco at a complicated moment in time." --Town & Country

"[A novel whose] themes emerge gracefully in Slimani's languid, atmospheric prose." --Star Tribune

"A super interesting book . . . A global literary thriller . . . It's page-turning, it's dishy, it's kind of sexy . . . From a fiction-reading perspective, this might be my number-one pick on this list [of candidates for the 'it' book of June]." --Jeff O'Neal, First Edition: A Book Riot Podcast

"A tense page-turner . . . complete with the realities of corruption, racism, influence, celebration, and American hippies practicing free love and drugs." --Fathom

"Heartfelt . . . A powerful portrait of a country and family in transition and characters bombarded by prejudice . . . Seamlessly shifts perspectives among the four family members, each perspective captivating in its own way." --Shelf Awareness

"Convincing and immersive . . . An accomplished portrait of a time and place . . . Slimani continues to prove herself a powerful writer." --Publishers Weekly

"An illuminating intergenerational drama . . . Paint[s] a comprehensive picture of a family and a country in the grips of an identity crisis." --Kirkus Reviews