Patrick deWitt’s ‘French Exit’ set for UK release next year

HarperCollins' US cover for Patrick deWitt's 'French Exit'. — AFP pic
HarperCollins' US cover for Patrick deWitt's 'French Exit'. — AFP pic

LONDON, Nov 29 — Canadian author Patrick deWitt’s French Exit is due for a autumn 2018 release in the UK after being acquired by Bloomsbury.

According to The Bookseller, the Canadian-born, US-based author’s French Exit will be published in the UK and Commonwealth in the fall. Its Canadian and US releases are set for August.

DeWitt’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted The Sister Brothers, published in 2011, is currently being developed into a movie by Jacques Audiard (Of Rust and Bone), with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and John C. Reilly set to star.

That film, based on deWitt’s Western-inspired story set in 1850s Oregon and California, is due out in 2018, as is French Exit, with both described as “darkly comic” despite a starkly different setting.

French Exit is called a “tragedy of manners,” telling the story of a wealthy widow, her adult son and their aging cat, who leave New York for Paris amid scandal and impending bankruptcy.

DeWitt’s novels, which also include 2009’s Ablutions and 2015’s Undermajordomo Minor, have earned acclaim in North America, earning spots on the shortlist of Canadian awards including the Scotiabank Giller Prize in addition to the Man Booker nod for The Sister Brothers. That book’s film adaptation may help boost international audiences for his latest title. — AFP-Relaxnews

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