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DeWitt is in possession of a fresh, lively voice that surprises at every turn (Kate Atkinson, author of 'Transcription')

My favourite book of his yet. The dialogue is dizzyingly good, the world so weird and fresh. A triumph from a writer truly in the zone (Maria Semple, author of the bestselling 'Where’d You Go, Bernadette')

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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Less')

Dazzling . deWitt writes in a gorgeously relaxed, freeform style, dabbing a clause here, a phrase there. The book is studded with tiny pleasures . Sharp and strange . DeWitt's particular comic genius is to evoke the darkness behind the dazzle ... Whichever style he adopts or genre he inhabits, deWitt remains a true original (Guardian)

Gloriously, acerbically funny and odd (Melissa Harrison)

A sparkling dark comedy ... DeWitt's tone is breezy, droll, and blithely transgressive ... These are people you may not want to invite to dinner, but they sure make for fun reading (NPR)

A thrilling madcap caper anchored by memorable characters, emotional depth and forensically sharp writing (Hannah Rothschild, author of 'The Improbability of Love')

The first time I read French Exit, I raced through, impatient to know the fates of its characters. Then I turned back to page one to enjoy Patrick deWitt's understated satire and casually brutal wit (Nell Zink, author of 'Mislaid' and 'The Wallcreeper')

Pure joy - think Noël Coward shaken up with Ivy Compton-Burnett and garnished with a twist of Lemony Snicket (Mail on Sunday)

A study in the surreal while also being grounded in reality . An accomplished comic novel shot through with DeWitt's trademark genre defiance and caustic sense of humour (i)

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The new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Despite his witticisms, Wilde he is not
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