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French Exit

by (author) Patrick deWitt

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
Literary, Family Life, Black Humor
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Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and an international bestseller, Patrick deWitt’s brilliant and darkly comic novel is now a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

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.

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 and son caper which only Patrick deWitt could conceive and execute. A finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and an international bestseller upon its original publication, French Exit is now a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges and with a script by Patrick deWitt.

About the author


Patrick deWitt was born on Vancouver Island in 1975. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Ablutions and The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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  • Commended, International Bestseller
  • Long-listed, International Dublin Literary Award
  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award
  • Commended, A 49th Shelf Book of the Year
  • Commended, A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
  • Commended, A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • Short-listed, Oregon Book Awards: Ken Kesey Award for Fiction
  • Commended, A Globe and Mail Book of the Year
  • Commended, A Chatelaine Book of the Year
  • Commended, An Best Book of the Month
  • Short-listed, Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Commended, A Now Magazine Book of the Year

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