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Summer of the Elder Tree

by Marie Chaix & Harry Matthews

A memoir and meditation investigating the reasons behind the author's fourteen-year withdrawal from writing.  A memoir and meditation on the themes of separation and silence, The Summer of the Elder Tree was...


Scissors: A Novel

by Stéphane Michaka

Based on the life of the great short-story writer Raymond Carver, particularly his last ten years, Scissors is a funny, compassionate, and convincing portrayal of the creative life: its compulsions, rewards,...


Autoportrait

by Edouard Levé & Lorin Stein

A brilliant and sobering self-portrait made up entirely of facts, and a companion to the harrowing book Suicide.In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides nothing from his readers, setting...


Three Women in a Mirror

by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Anna, Hanna, and Anny. Three young women, free spirits all, each one at odds with the age in which they live. Despite the centuries that divide them, their stories intersect—a surprising narrative technique...


Summertime All The Cats Are Bored

by Philippe Georget

It’s the middle of a long hot summer on the French Mediterranean shore. The town is full of tourists and the at the Perpignan police headquarters, Sebag and Molino, two tired cops who are being slowly devoured...


Mapuche

by Caryl Férey

Twenty-eight-year-old Jana is a Mapuche, one of those “people of the earth” who roamed the most fertile tracts of the south American pampas for over two thousand years before being dispossessed in 1910 by...


The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

Commissaire Adamsberg #7

by Fred Vargas & Sian Reynolds

A # 1 French and Italian bestseller from the three-time winner of the CWA’s International Dagger Award

 

More than ten million copies of Fred Vargas’s Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries have been sold worldwide....


Malavita: A Novel

by Tonino Benacquista

Imagine The Sopranos transplanted to the French countryside....

This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture The Family starring Robert De...


Electrico W

by Herve Le Tellier

By the celebrated Oulipo writer, this brilliant and witty novel set in Lisbon explores love, relationships, and the strange balance between literature and life.

 

Journalist, writer, and translator Vincent Balmer...


Nausea

by Jean-Paul Sartre, Richard Howard & James Wood

Sartre's greatest novel — and existentialism's key text — now introduced by James Wood.

Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic,...


Astragal

by Albertine Sarrazin, Patsy Southgate & Patti Smith

As alive as a Godard movie, this lost classic of ’60s French literature is back

As if the reader were riding shotgun, this intensely vivid novel captures a life on the lam. “L’astragale” is the French...


The Lost Sailors

by Jean-Claude Izzo

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


A Sun for the Dying

by Jean-Claude Izzo & Howard Curtis

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Bitter Almonds

by Laurence Cossé

Edith can hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without knowing how...


And the Birds Rained Down

by Jocelyne Saucier & Rhonda Mullins

An award-winning and haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.


Where Tigers Are at Home

by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès & Mike Mitchell

Winner of the Prix Médicis, this multifaceted literary novel follows the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher across 17th century Europe and Eleazard von Wogau, a retired French correspondent, through modern Brazil....


My Beautiful Bus

by Jacques Jouet & Eric Lamb

Poetic, comic, obsessed with minutiae, My Beautiful Bus is a welcome dose of serious frivolity at the expense of the contemporary novel. Based on an actual bus trip across France taken by Oulipo-member Jacques...


The First Person

by Pierre Turgeon

In The First Person, an embittered computer programmer working for the police has decided to erase his identity. We do not know why. Leaving his old life behind, the man becomes a private detective in Los Angeles...


A Beggar in Jerusalem: A novel

by Elie Wiesel

When the Six-Day War began, Elie Wiesel rushed to Israel. "I went to Jerusalem because I had to go somewhere, I had to leave the present and bring it back to the past. You see, the man who came to Jerusalem...


Twilight: A Novel

by Elie Wiesel

Raphael Lipkin is a man obsessed. He hears voices. He talks to ghosts. He is spending the summer at the Mountain Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York—not as a patient, but as a visiting professional...