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French Exit: A Novel Hardcover – 28 August 2018

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (28 August 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062846922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062846921
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
  • Customer Reviews: 3.9 out of 5 stars210 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] riotous tragedy of (ill) manners.... The show stealer here is deWitt's knack for scene setting and dialogue in the form of Frances' wry one-liners.... That Frances sure is a force to contend with. But what a classy broad."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Imposing widow Frances Price and her grown son Malcolm go from wealthy to broke and from Manhattan to Paris in this smart, tartly funny novel."--People

"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 cross between a Feydeau farce (fitting, given that the location of most of the novel is Paris) and a Buñuel film, as one after another in an eccentric cast of characters is introduced.... DeWitt is in possession of a fresh, lively voice that surprises at every turn."--Kate Atkinson, Vanity Fair

"[DeWitt] creates and conveys entire worlds -- and not just names and places, but colors, smells, sounds and style.... Incredibly entertaining and oddly sympathetic.... And snappy stage-worthy dialogue -- deWitt's wheelhouse."--Eugene Register-Guard

"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

"Darkly comic.... French Exit is both a satiric send-up of high society and a wilding mother-son caper."--Poets & Writers

"Darkly comic, perfectly brilliant... Let deWitt take you along on this dizzying, wild ride, you'll love every second of it, and then hop back to the beginning for another go. It's worth the trip." --Nylon Magazine

"Hilarious... Delightful.... In his book, as in [Edith] Wharton's, New Yorkers' wit and elaborate manners cannot hide the searing depth of their pain.... DeWitt is aiming for farce and to say something about characters who cannot get out of their own way, and he achieves both with élan."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"I will read every book Patrick deWitt writes.... He casts black humor and surrealist streaks of magic onto familiar literary terrains. French Exit's Manhattan milieu evokes midcentury writers like Salinger and Cheever.... DeWitt's writing is always intriguingly off-center."--Poets & Writers

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Frances Price--tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature--is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son, Malcolm, is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's the Prices' aging cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral litigator and world-class cad whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts.

Putting penury and pariahdom behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the exit. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris, the City of Lights serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self-destruction and economic ruin--to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a séance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat.

Bestselling author Patrick deWitt has returned with a darkly comic novel, a one-of-a-kind "tragedy of manners." Brimming with pathos, French Exit is a brilliant send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother-son caper that only deWitt could conceive and execute.

--Minneapolis Star Tribune

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