A skinny little kid with a thick French accent, Leila didn’t read until the age of eight.

So instead she learned to tell stories. About the country she has invented. The perfumes she will create. Rather than escaping into her imagination, she draws you in and shares her world of magical thinking. And then takes your palm in hers and tells you your future in a story so complex and marvelous that you start believing it.

If she wants something bad enough, she will make it happen: dancing around the house until she gets ballet lessons, cutting and stapling fabric together until she learns to sew.

A perfectionist, she’ll sit back and observe, her eyes twinkling, until she has figured things out. She’d never played badminton until that afternoon, but once she’d gotten the picture, she took everyone’s breath away.

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