French Exit

French Exit
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN 10: 1487004842
ISBN 13: 9781487004842
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

French Exit Book Review:

Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist, Oregon Book Awards: Ken Kesey Award for Fiction Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award Longlist, International Dublin Literary Award International Bestseller A Globe and Mail Book of the Year A Quill & Quire Book of the Year A Chatelaine Book of the Year A Now Magazine Book of the Year An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year A Book of the Year 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 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 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.

French Exit

French Exit
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN 10: 152660115X
ISBN 13: 9781526601155
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

French Exit Book Review:

The new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Sisters Brothers '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 ... Dizzyingly good ... A triumph from a writer truly in the zone' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette 'French Exit made me so happy ... Brilliant, addictive, funny and wise' Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Less Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal. Her adult son Malcolm is no help, mired in a permanent state of arrested development. And then there's their cat, Small Frank, who Frances believes houses the spirit of her late husband, an infamously immoral lawyer whose gruesome tabloid death rendered them social outcasts. To put their troubles behind them, the trio cut their losses and head for the exit. Their beloved Paris becomes the backdrop for a giddy drive to self-destruction, helped along by a cast of singularly curious characters: a bashful private investigator, an aimless psychic and Mme. Reynard, friendly American expat and aggressive houseguest. Brimming with pathos, warmth and wit, French Exit is a one-of-a-kind tragedy of manners, a riotous send-up of high society and a moving story of mothers and sons.

The French Exit

The French Exit
Author: Elisa Gabbert
Publsiher: Birds Llc
Total Pages: 69
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 9780982617717
ISBN 13: 0982617712
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The French Exit Book Review:

Poetry. "What a complex and lovely book this is! Reading Elisa Gabbert's obsessively interior, technically rigorous poems is like listening in on the thoughts of a mind so fiercely observant and subtle that I find in them always some new twist, some surprising layer I hadn't noticed before. By turns moving and witty, sharp-eyed and impressionistic, Gabbert writes with technical sophistication and keen intelligence. This is a terrific book"--Kevin Prufer.

French Exit

French Exit
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-08-28
ISBN 10: 0062846949
ISBN 13: 9780062846945
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

French Exit Book Review:

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, directed by Azazael Jacobs A Recommended from: Vanity Fair * Entertainment Weekly * Vulture * The Millions * Publishers Weekly * Esquire 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.

Ablutions

Ablutions
Author: Patrick deWitt,Fellswoop Theatre
Publsiher: Oberon Books
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2015-02-24
ISBN 10: 1783198710
ISBN 13: 9781783198719
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ablutions Book Review:

Picture yourself as a bartender, sipping top-shelf whisky and watching your customers descend into nightly oblivion. Your heart is broken by the world around you and, leaving the whisky aside, you hatch a devious, unthinkable plan of escape... Award-winning FellSwoop Theatre present Ablutions: a dark, modern drama, adapted from the novel by Man Booker shortlisted author, Patrick deWitt. A grimly funny tale from the sodden depths of the Los Angeles underworld, Ablutions blends a live soundtrack and deWitt’s heart-wrenching humour. WINNER: Ignite Theatre Festival’s Critics’ Choice Award

Undermajordomo Minor

Undermajordomo Minor
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-09-05
ISBN 10: 1770894152
ISBN 13: 9781770894150
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Undermajordomo Minor Book Review:

On the The Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Longlist A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners. Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbours many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux. In the local village, he also encounters thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty whose love he must compete for with the exceptionally handsome partisan soldier, Adolphus. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder. Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners by the Governor General’s Award–winning author of The Sisters Brothers. It is an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

The Best Kind of People

The Best Kind of People
Author: Zoe Whittall
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2016-08-27
ISBN 10: 177089943X
ISBN 13: 9781770899438
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best Kind of People Book Review:

National Bestseller 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist National Post 99 Best Books of the Year Indigo Best Book of the Year Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016 What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt? With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers
Author: Patrick deWitt
Publsiher: House of Anansi
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-05-14
ISBN 10: 1770890270
ISBN 13: 9781770890275
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sisters Brothers Book Review:

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Prix des libraires du Quebec and the Stephen Leacock Medal. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Walter Scott Prize. Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die: Eli and Charlie Sisters can be counted on for that. Though Eli has never shared his brother’s penchant for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. On the road to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside San Francisco -- and from the back of his long-suffering one-eyed horse -- Eli struggles to make sense of his life without abandoning the job he's sworn to do. Patrick DeWitt, acclaimed author of Ablutions, doffs his hat to the classic Western, and then transforms it into a comic tour-de-force with an unforgettable narrative voice that captures all the absurdity, melancholy, and grit of the West -- and of these two brothers, bound to each other by blood and scars and love.

The Altruists

The Altruists
Author: Andrew Ridker
Publsiher: Vintage Publishing
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-03-07
ISBN 10: 1787331687
ISBN 13: 9781787331686
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Altruists Book Review:

'Reading Andrew Ridker's debut novel; you soon realise you're in the presence of a new talent.' The TimesArthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college; he can't afford his mortgage; he's exasperated his new girlfriend; and his kids won't speak to him. And then there's the money - the small fortune his late wife Francine kept secret; which she bequeathed directly to his children.Those children are Ethan; an anxious recluse living off his mother's money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie; a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home; Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so; he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora's Box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories.Spanning New York; Paris; Boston; St. Louis; and a small desert outpost in Zimbabwe; The Altruists is a razor-sharp; darkly funny family saga from a sparkling new talent.

The Reservoir Tapes

The Reservoir Tapes
Author: Jon McGregor
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 167
Release: 2018-08-01
ISBN 10: 193678792X
ISBN 13: 9781936787920
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Reservoir Tapes Book Review:

“A companion piece to his Man Booker-longlisted Reservoir 13, McGregor’s latest works perfectly well as a standalone, offering an alternately sweet and suspenseful depiction of a community as it reacts, person by person, to the disappearance of a teenage girl.” —Entertainment Weekly A teenage girl has gone missing. The whole community has been called upon to join the search. And now an interviewer arrives, intent on capturing the community’s unstable stories about life in the weeks and months before Becky Shaw vanished. Each villager has a memory to share or a secret to conceal, a connection to Becky that they are trying to make or break. A young wife pushes against the boundaries of her marriage, and another seeks a means of surviving within hers. A group of teenagers dare one another to jump into a flooded quarry, the weakest swimmer still awaiting his turn. A laborer lies trapped under rocks and dry limestone dust as his fellow workers attempt a risky rescue. And meanwhile a fractured portrait of Becky emerges at the edges of our vision—a girl swimming, climbing, and smearing dirt onto a scared boy’s face, images to be cherished and challenged as the search for her goes on.

No Exit

No Exit
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Publsiher: Samuel French, Inc.
Total Pages: 54
Release: 1958
ISBN 10: 9780573613050
ISBN 13: 0573613052
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No Exit Book Review:

Fantasy / Characters: 2 male, 2 female Scenery: Interior No Exit was first presented in New York at the Biltmore Theatre with Claude Dauphin, Annabella, and Ruth Ford. Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is

The American Fiancee

The American Fiancee
Author: Eric Dupont
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2020-02-11
ISBN 10: 006294746X
ISBN 13: 9780062947468
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Fiancee Book Review:

In this extraordinary breakout novel—a rich, devastatingly humorous epic of one unforgettable family—award-winning author Eric Dupont illuminates the magic of stories, the bonds of family, and the twists of fate and fortune to transform our lives. Over the course of the twentieth century, three generations of the Lamontagnes will weather love, passion, jealousy, revenge, and death. Their complicated family dynamic—as dramatic as Puccini’s legendary opera, Tosca—will propel their rise, and fall, and take them around the world . . . until they finally confront the secrets of their complicated pasts. Born on Christmas, Louis Lamontagne, the family’s patriarch, is a larger-than-life lothario and raconteur who inherits his mother’s teal eyes and his father’s brutish good looks and whose charms travel beyond Quebec, across the state of New York where he wins at county fairs as a larger-than-life strongman, and even in Europe, where he is deployed for the US Army during World War II. We meet his daughter, Madeleine, who opens a successful chain of diners using the recipes from her grandmother, the original American Fiancée, and vows never to return to her hometown. And we end with her son Gabriel, another ladies’ man in the family, who falls in love with a woman he follows to Berlin and discovers unexpected connections there to the Lamontagne family that re-frame the entire course of the events in the book. An unholy marriage of John Irving and Gary Shteyngart with the irresistible whimsy of Elizabeth McCracken, The American Fiancée is a big, bold, wildly ambitious novel that introduces a dynamic new voice to contemporary literature.

Labor on the Fringes of Empire

Labor on the Fringes of Empire
Author: Alessandro Stanziani
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2018-01-23
ISBN 10: 3319703927
ISBN 13: 9783319703923
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Labor on the Fringes of Empire Book Review:

After the abolition of slavery in the Indian Ocean and Africa, the world of labor remained unequal, exploitative, and violent, straddling a fine line between freedom and unfreedom. This book explains why. Unseating the Atlantic paradigm of bondage and drawing from a rich array of colonial, estate, plantation and judicial archives, Alessandro Stanziani investigates the evolution of labor relationships on the Indian subcontinent, the Indian Ocean and Africa, with case studies on Assam, the Mascarene Islands and the French Congo. He finds surprising relationships between African and Indian abolition movements and European labor practices, inviting readers to think in terms of trans-oceanic connections rather than simple oppositions. Above all, he considers how the meaning and practices of freedom in the colonial world differed profoundly from those in the mainland. Arguing for a multi-centered view of imperial dynamics, Labor on the Fringes of Empire is a pioneering global history of nineteenth-century labor.

Exit Zero

Exit Zero
Author: Christine J. Walley
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-01-17
ISBN 10: 0226871819
ISBN 13: 9780226871813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exit Zero Book Review:

Winner of CLR James Book Prize from the Working Class Studies Association and 2nd Place for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. In 1980, Christine J. Walley’s world was turned upside down when the steel mill in Southeast Chicago where her father worked abruptly closed. In the ensuing years, ninety thousand other area residents would also lose their jobs in the mills—just one example of the vast scale of deindustrialization occurring across the United States. The disruption of this event propelled Walley into a career as a cultural anthropologist, and now, in Exit Zero, she brings her anthropological perspective home, examining the fate of her family and that of blue-collar America at large. Interweaving personal narratives and family photos with a nuanced assessment of the social impacts of deindustrialization, Exit Zero is one part memoir and one part ethnography— providing a much-needed female and familial perspective on cultures of labor and their decline. Through vivid accounts of her family’s struggles and her own upward mobility, Walley reveals the social landscapes of America’s industrial fallout, navigating complex tensions among class, labor, economy, and environment. Unsatisfied with the notion that her family’s turmoil was inevitable in the ever-forward progress of the United States, she provides a fresh and important counternarrative that gives a new voice to the many Americans whose distress resulting from deindustrialization has too often been ignored. This book is part of a project that also includes a documentary film and interactive website. For more information, and the chance to share your own stories, photos, and artefacts regarding the history of Southeast Chicago, please visit: http://www.exitzeroproject.org/

Exit Point

Exit Point
Author: Laura Langston
Publsiher: Orca Book Publishers
Total Pages: 110
Release: 2006-03-01
ISBN 10: 1551435055
ISBN 13: 9781551435053
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exit Point Book Review:

After dying in a drunk-driving accident, Logan finds himself roaming around with helpful spirits in the afterlife who give him the strength to change his ways and complete the one important task he promised his sister he would always do. Simultaneous.

Good Riddance

Good Riddance
Author: Elinor Lipman
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-02-05
ISBN 10: 0544808282
ISBN 13: 9780544808287
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Riddance Book Review:

In a delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure, with deliriously entertaining results. Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds. In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd. Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).

An Ocean of Minutes

An Ocean of Minutes
Author: Thea Lim
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2018-06-26
ISBN 10: 0735234922
ISBN 13: 9780735234925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Ocean of Minutes Book Review:

Shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Longlisted for the 2019 CBC Canada Reads Longlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Award An unforgettable love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart, for readers of Station Eleven. America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. She agrees to a radical plan. Time travel has been invented; if she signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years. But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find Frank, to discover if he is alive, and to see if their love has endured. An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous, devastating novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past--and the price of letting it go.

The Amateurs

The Amateurs
Author: Liz Harmer
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-04-02
ISBN 10: 0345811259
ISBN 13: 9780345811257
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Amateurs Book Review:

In the style of Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood, Dave Eggers' The Circle, and The Walking Dead: a post-apocalyptic examination of nostalgia, loss and the possibility of starting over. Allow us to introduce you to the newest product from PINA, the world's largest tech company. "Port" is a curiously irresistible device that offers the impossible: space-time travel mysteriously powered by nostalgia and longing. Step inside a Port and find yourself transported to wherever and whenever your heart desires: a bygone youth, a dreamed-of future, the fabled past. In the near-future world of Liz Harmer's extraordinary novel, Port becomes a phenomenon, but soon it is clear that many who pass through its portal won't be coming back--either unwilling to return or, more ominously, unable to do so. After a few short years, the population plummets. The grid goes down. Among those who remain is Marie, a thirty-something artist living in a small community of Port-resistors camping out in the abandoned mansions of a former steel town. As winter approaches the group considers heading south, but Marie clings to the hope that her long lost lover will one day return to the spot where he disappeared. Meanwhile, PINA's corporate campus in California has become a cultish enclave of survivors. Brandon, the right-hand man to the mad genius who invented Port, decides to get out. He steals a car and drives north-east, where he hopes to find his missing mother. And there he meets Marie. The Amateurs is a story of rapture and romance, and an astoundingly powerful debut about what happens when technology meets desire.

A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces
Author: John Kennedy Toole
Publsiher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2007-12-01
ISBN 10: 9780802197627
ISBN 13: 0802197620
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Confederacy of Dunces Book Review:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”—The New York Times Book Review A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).

Exit 312

Exit 312
Author: Leonard Sharp
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-12-11
ISBN 10: 9781981635955
ISBN 13: 1981635955
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exit 312 Book Review:

"The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hammered" - Unknown Barbed wire gates open unexpectedly, and a bewildered young man emerges. Since his teenage years, Bookie had looked forward to this moment. Now here, the twenty-two-year-old could finally put his past behind him, move forward and focus on the future...or so he thought. Ride along and experience first-hand as things take a sharp turn for the worse, as a dedicated, determined, and disciplined individual is made to deviate from course: a detour that would last the better part of a decade. Read on as one young man, playing the hand he was dealt, is compelled by necessity to bet it all. The whole world it would seem, for so long, considered him "a winner." In the end, he would lose even more than he could fathom. Loosely based on real-life events, within the pages of this book, unadulterated truths are revealed. Mass incarceration, and the residual effects therein, are put on trial. Chilling observations associated with the street life are explained in intricate detail. The pitfalls of the drug trade, senseless violence, and a perpetuated lifestyle all too familiar to the disenfranchised minorities of this generation, are analyzed, criticized, and heavily scrutinized.