French Exit by Patrick deWittFrom 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 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 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
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Patrick deWitt: creates a cast of brilliant characters in his new novel French Exit. September must be the time for foreigners to arrive in Paris and either assimilate to the French way of life or ignore it completely. Neither Frances nor Malcolm seem to live in the real world. She has all the warmth of a polar bear, and the charm of a grizzly, her every utterance recalling Lucille Bluth, the entitled and supercilious matriarch of the television show Arrested Development. He, on the other hand, is little more than a blob in human form, following a few paces behind Mother, floating around in swimming pools with all the elegance of the Titanic in its latter hours, and doing whatever he can to avoid his fiancee Susan. Large Frank, presumably. Upon her return, Frank had deposited himself in Small Frank, following three days of licking.
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Patrick deWitt is an author who picks genres and then puts his own topspin on them. The movie adaptation, starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, is out in September. The novel engages the tropes of the comedy of manners , a genre of societal critique that dates back to classical Greece and locks its gaze on the affectations and hypocrisy of the upper classes. Traditional examples—by Oscar Wilde or E. Forster—skewer those who privilege appearance over substance.
French Exit is a novel by Canadian author Patrick deWitt. The novel was published by House of Anansi Press and received wide critical acclaim upon its publication, making the shortlist for the Giller Prize. Set in New York City and Paris the novel follows a dysfunctional mother and son duo who are forced to relocate after their fortunes fall. The title French Exit refers to the expression also known as french leave of an abrupt or hasty departure made without informing anyone. When her financial planner reveals that she is completely insolvent, something he has been warning her about for the better part of a decade, Frances illegally sells everything that she owns and decides to take her childhood friend, Joan, up on the offer to live in her apartment in Paris. Mother and son, along with their cat, Small Frank take a cruise ship to Paris.