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Author: Patrick DeWitt Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2018 ISBN: 9780062871923
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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, and a doctor who makes house calls with his wine merchant in tow, to name a few.

Brimming with pathos, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind 'tragedy of manners,' a 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “My favorite 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 Where’d You Go, Bernadette

  • “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

  • 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

  • “Entertaining…DeWitt’s novel is full of vibrant characters taking good-natured jabs at cultural tropes; readers will be delighted.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Acclaimed author deWitt crafts a story that entertains to the last page…In the long view, the moral seems to be that money can’t buy love, so you might as well spend the cash. General fiction readers who enjoy the ironic and absurd will find this book amusing.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sharply observed moments give deWitt’s well-written novel more depth than the usual comedy of manners…A bright, original yarn with a surprising twist.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Quick and funny and thoughtful and moving and super.”

    New York Times on Undermajordomo Minor

  • “A splendid work of historical fiction that proudly wore its comic influences…on its broad and violence-scarred shoulders.”

    Washington Post on The Sisters Brothers

  • “A relentlessly absorbing feat of novelistic art.”

    Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, on The Sisters Brothers

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About the Author

Patrick deWitt is an author whose books include the critically acclaimed Ablutions: Notes for a Novel and The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the basis for a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters around the country. Among her many television credits are NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Boston Legal, ER, and Star Trek. She starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell.