French Exit by Patrick deWitt


High-society Frances and her fully grown yet needy son, Malcolm, leave NYC behind for Paris. Small Frank, the cat, also makes the voyage—yes, they take a ship—since Frances believes he holds the spirit of her dead husband who was a philandering, double-crossing lawyer. The details of his death have made Frances a social pariah. She’s almost bankrupt, too. En route and once settled in France, mother and son encounter a bevy of characters, including Madam Reynard – my fave. This is a dark comedy of manners, kind of like a dark, posh Seinfeld. The ending, though foreshadowed, still felt discordant to me.

Gwenamon: Fluffy, but clever and funny

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bookworm, confidante, creative director, cyclist, global wanderer, music lover, shutterbug, shoe shopper, snowboarder, writer, yoga geek. i'm also a very proud mama of a lil mister named james.
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