French Exit

French Exit

A Tragedy of Manners

Book - 2018
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"From bestselling author Patrick deWitt, a brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. 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 Price's 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 Light serving as a backdrop not for love or romance, but self destruction and economical ruin - to riotous effect. A number of singular characters serve to round out the cast: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic proposing a seance, a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, and the inimitable Mme. Reynard, aggressive houseguest and dementedly friendly American expat. Brimming with pathos and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners, ' a riotous send-up of high society, as well as a moving mother/son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062846921
0062846922
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeChristineS Nov 10, 2018

Never have a pair of narcissists been so horrible yet lovable. This quirky tale about an unmotherly mother and her doting, yet equally selfish, son, was a fun fast read. With a cast of remarkable characters, this was a nice and light change of pace from the psychological thriller kick I've been on.

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Nov 07, 2018

Did not finish this book.

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