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A French Life

A French Life

(2007)
(Vie Francaise)
A novel by

 
Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; rioter of '68; married soon thereafter; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing company.

This not-so-extraordinary Frenchman is delivered to the not-so-extraordinary awareness of having arrived in middle age more a product of his times, his country, and blind chance than a creature of his own free will. A fluke—wild commercial success as a photographer of trees—will give him, for a time, the belated illusion of self-fulfillment. But when this exalting respite passes (along with the unaccountable vogue for tree photography), Paul finds himself again a man more acted upon than acting, until the worst imaginable catastrophe forces him to see how feeble his powers to imagine the worst have heretofore been. And ever after there will be no avoiding the harder facts of life at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

In this unforgettable French brother of Rabbit Angstrom and Frank Bascombe, Jean-Paul Dubois gives us a man whose life reflects the story—the mind and the heart—of a society coming belatedly, poignantly, and often hilariously to grips with the abiding pain and intermittent beauty of what living has become.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2007 : UK Hardback
Title: A French Life
Author(s): Jean-Paul Dubois
ISBN: 0-241-14339-X / 978-0-241-14339-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Vie Francaise: A novel
Author(s): Jean-Paul Dubois
ISBN: 0-307-26287-1 / 978-0-307-26287-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: A French Life
Author(s): Jean-Paul Dubois
ISBN: 0-14-102482-8 / 978-0-14-102482-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Vie Francaise
Author(s): Jean-Paul Dubois
ISBN: 1-4000-9678-2 / 978-1-4000-9678-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Vie Francaise: A novel
Author(s): Jean-Paul Dubois
Publisher: Vintage
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