Canadian author Patrick deWitt's witty and reflective satire on high society

A cinematic flair pervades Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, French Exit.
A cinematic flair pervades Patrick deWitt’s latest novel, French Exit. PHOTO: LEE PALMER

Bad news is always best delivered with a laugh, said Canadian author Patrick deWitt in a recent interview and this, perhaps, sums up the spirit of his latest novel.

In a satirical take on high society, deWitt tells the tale of 65-year-old Frances Price, a witty, fearful beauty who famously left for a ski trip after finding her husband dead. She is accompanied by her broody, unkempt 32-year-old son Malcolm, who seems to be mired in arrested development, and their aged cat Small Frank, whom she believes houses the soul of her late husband.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'Witty and reflective satire on high society'. Print Edition | Subscribe