Leila Slimani is not afraid to go there

LEILA SLIMANI SAYS SHE’S NOT PARTICULARLY interested in shocking people. This is a somewhat surprising claim, since the book that made the French Moroccan novelist a best-selling star last year, The Perfect Nanny, began with two simple, devastating sentences: “The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.”

That novel, which echoed an infamous New York City “killer nanny” story, caused a sensation

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