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Penguin Putnam
From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, her prizewinning novel about a sex-addicted woman in Paris

Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525503903
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Aug 20, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this novel. About a woman who is not only a wife and mother but a helpless sex addict who just can't seem to get away from the dark secrets and lies. This double life is swallowing her whole and it takes crashing down to rock bottom (according to her) to get her to realize what she is going to lose. Even after being faced with the challenge of becoming "clean" she still has temptations and a hard time leads her down memory lane towards the freedom she once had. The ending is great but as all novels worth reading leaves you asking "what happened after" I personally loved it!

DPLjennyp Jun 11, 2019

A modern-day Madame Bovary.

Mar 04, 2019

I hardly know how to comment on this book, except to say that for me it was not an enjoyable read. Perhaps the behaviour of sex addicts is unpalatable, but really my objection was more about Adele's miserable treatment of anyone in her sphere that made the book so unredeeming. It was a slog to continue on and, indeed, I was flipping pages rather than reading in my normal fashion to derive knowledge or pleasure from a book.

Mar 02, 2019

I found the book not well written. This decision was made after one page, do not laugh. After two pages, I had decided that I was not interested in filth. I am surprised to find positive evaluation for it on the library website. Yes, I know, tastes vary.

JCLMattC Jan 31, 2019

This was so well-written it begs to be read aloud. There are soulful parts, lots of painful parts but the fast-paced, no-nonsense plot kept me going back again and again to read more. The world Adele inhabits is fraught with compulsion and sickness, but Slimani makes it so readable it feels real.

Jan 28, 2019

This is a short novel about sex addiction. A Very disturbing story.The main protagonist Adele goes into very bizarre routine without any care in the world for her wellbeing and wellbeing of her nearest and dearest. While author Leila Slimani doesn't explain the reason or reasons of Adele's self destruction behaviour, through out the book, reader can pick up the clues here and there. Not knowing anything of this type of addiction, I did a quick search and I am sharing it with you.

"Research also has found that sex addicts often come from dysfunctional families and are more likely than non-sex addicts to have been abused. One study found that 82 percent of sex addicts reported being sexually abused as children. Sex addicts often describe their parents as rigid, distant and uncaring. These families, including the addicts themselves, are more likely to be substance abusers. One study found that 80 percent of recovering sex addicts report some type of addiction in their families of origin."


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