The Catcher in the Rye with a French accent.

Even if it blows your mind, I want to tell you about this unbelievable thing that happened to me last year. I'm not bragging, but things as unbelievable as the one I'm going to tell you about don't happen every day, I swear. In fact, they never happen.

Thus begins Julien Parme, by bestselling French author Florian Zeller, who makes his American debut with this account of the trials and illusions of a bright, rebellious 14-year-old boy. The product of divorce, young Julien is not blending in so well with his blended family. One night, he escapes the family apartment to see where destiny and his stepfather's credit card will take him. His long, dark night of the soul includes several stops at parties and cafes during which the reader is treated to a running monologue of hilarious and rueful observations. Zeller perfectly captures the sweet sincerity and innocent grandiosity of youth. Julien sees himself not as a troubled teen, but as a modern-day Don Quixote, defending his honor, righting wrongs and achieving everlasting fame. Dawn breaks and Julien stands on a platform, intending to catch a train bound for Italy. He thinks about the mountain climber who reached the summit of Mount Blanc, but knew his destiny was to climb back down eventually. And so Julien climbs into a taxi and returns home, hoping his mother will forgive him for being who he is rather than some more perfect person.

"You can't put the book down until the very end. . . . Florian Zeller proves that he is a true writer capable of varying genres and tones." - Paris Match

"It is without a doubt his best book." - Le Monde



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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Julien Parme
Author(s): Florian Zeller
ISBN: 1-59051-280-4 / 978-1-59051-280-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Julien Parme (B-Format Paperback)
Author(s): Florian Zeller
ISBN: 1-901285-97-9 / 978-1-901285-97-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Availability: Amazon UK