French Exit (Paperback)Patrick deWitt (author)
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In a brilliant volte-face, the cult author behind The Sisters Brothers sets a Parisian stage for a perfectly-pitched, quirky drama of high-society sedition and savoir-faire.
Frances Price - tart widow, possessive mother and Upper East Side force of nature - is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development.
And then there's their cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral lawyer whose gruesome tabloid death rendered them social outcasts. To put their troubles behind them, the trio cut their losses and head for the exit.
Their beloved Paris becomes the backdrop for a giddy drive to self-destruction, helped along by a cast of singularly curious characters: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic and Mme. Reynard, friendly American expat and aggressive houseguest. Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 178 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'DeWitt renders the antics of a cast of eccentrics with deadpan charm.' - The Saturday Telegraph
'DeWitt is in possession of a fresh, lively voice that surprises at every turn' - Kate Atkinson
'French Exit made me so happy - I feel as if I have downed a third martini, stayed up past sunrise, and still woken up refreshed. Brilliant, addictive, funny and wise, DeWitt's latest has enough charm to last you long after you've put it down, which is what so many of us need in a book. I think you need it, too' - Andrew Sean Greer
'Pure joy - think Noel Coward shaken up with Ivy Compton-Burnett and garnished with a twist of Lemony Snicket' - The Mail on Sunday
'A modern story, a satire about an insouciant widow on a quest for refined self-immolation .... DeWitt's surrealism is cheerful and matter-of-fact, making the novel feel as buoyantly insane as its characters .... DeWitt is a stealth absurdist, with a flair for dressing up rhyme as reason' - The New Yorker
'DeWitt is a promiscuous writer, flirting and subverting a different genre with each new novel. With French Exit he has served up a wry, souffle-light, European-style comedy ... A diverting oddball tale that treads just the right line between bite and whimsy' - Metro
'A breezily enjoyable social comedy ... Frances and Malcolm make for a memorable double act, with Frances in particular zinging out waspish one-liners' - The Times
'Patrick deWitt has taken all of what I usually expect and want from a story, misted it in Chanel No 5, and set to it an immeasurably classy lighter. Love it' - Natasha Pulley, bestselling author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
'Patrick deWitt is an artful ventriloquist: for each of his three novels he has deployed a distinctive and utterly beguiling voice' - Metro
'DeWitt is a true original, conjuring up dark and hilarious images' - The Times
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