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Nine delicious seasonal French dishes to try this autumn. She appears imperturbable. They are well aware that their needs shape the lives of the adults around them, and they wield this power deliberately. Her attentiveness goes hand in hand with her obsessive tendencies; her willingness to give her all to the family masks her desperation to escape a difficult past.
Yet Slimani has distributed neurosis generously among her characters: Myriam and Paul, too, seem acutely on edge. Slimani is preoccupied by the paradoxes of parenting in a world where the potential for disaster abounds. When it comes to the safety of their children, Myriam and Paul are at once irrationally scared and naively—tragically—self-assured, invested in their own power to maintain control.
Louise, Myriam thinks, looks drunk. Being the perfect parent is ultimately an impossible task, Slimani reminds readers, not least because the horrors of adult actions can never be permanently kept at bay.
She is not out to blame the parents for the fate of their children. If anything, Slimani portrays Paul and Myriam as unreasonably protective.
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