Patrick deWitt is the internationally acclaimed author of Ablutions, The Sisters Brothers Under Major Domo Minor, and his most recent novel: French Exit. French Exit has been made into a film by Sony Pictures directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Frances Price. Born in British Columbia, Canada, DeWitt now resides in Portland, Oregon.
Following on from the “Yours Sincerely” project, where Patrick corresponded with some local members of our community during lockdown as part of a virtual residency, we are thrilled to announce that Patrick will now appear at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of his Irish tour 2021, produced by LIVE Network Audience Development Officer Dani Gill. DeWitt will talk about his work and the theme of migration in his books with Dani and the event will be followed by a book signing.
French Exit Reviews: ‘’His writing is as buoyantly insane as its characters, DeWitt is a stealth absurdist, with a flair for dressing up rhyme as reason.”- The New Yorker
“My favourite 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, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
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 whose gruesome tabloid death rendered Frances and Malcolm social outcasts. Putting these dark events behind them, the family decides to cut their losses and head for the ‘exit’, escaping to Paris where another story awaits them.
Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland
Thursday 9th September I 8pm I €15