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French Exit

(2018)
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A Recommended Book of the Season 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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." - Andrew Sean Greer

"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

"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


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September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: French Exit
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
ISBN: 1-5266-0117-6 / 978-1-5266-0117-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
ISBN: 0-06-284692-2 / 978-0-06-284692-1 (USA edition)
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: French Exit
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ISBN: 1-5266-0119-2 / 978-1-5266-0119-3 (UK edition)
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
ISBN: 0-06-284693-0 / 978-0-06-284693-8 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: French Exit
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ISBN: 1-5266-0118-4 / 978-1-5266-0118-6 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : Canada Paperback
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Title: French Exit
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ISBN: 1-4870-0483-4 / 978-1-4870-0483-5 (Canada edition)
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
ISBN: 0-06-286440-8 / 978-0-06-286440-6 (USA edition)
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2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: French Exit [Paperback]
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ISBN: 1-5266-0700-X / 978-1-5266-0700-3 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: French Exit
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
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Title: French Exit
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: French Exit Lib/E
Author(s): Patrick Dewitt
ISBN: 1-5385-8529-4 / 978-1-5385-8529-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick deWitt
ISBN: 1-5385-8530-8 / 978-1-5385-8530-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio
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August 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-5385-8531-6 / 978-1-5385-8531-3 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
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August 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: French Exit
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Title: French Exit
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Title: French Exit: A Novel
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