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by Laurence Suhner & Sheryl Curtis L'Atalante (November 21, 2019)

Time: 2310

Place: Gemma, a "snowball" planet, i.e. a terrestrial extrasolar planet with overall glaciation, orbiting around the binary star, Altamira (an Alpha Centauri type), discovered in 2012 by Michel Mayor's...

The Isaac Directive

by Pierre Bordage & Dan Golembeski L'Atalante (November 21, 2019)

A novel with a real mix of genres, covering science fiction and thriller.

Pierre Bordage is currently one of France's best storytellers and his work has been the source of inspiration both for graphic books...

In the Gold of Time

by Claudie Gallay MacLehose Press (December 09, 2014)

Set between Normandy and Arizona, In the Gold of Time is a seductive tale of silences and dark, half-revealed secrets, and a haunting elegy for innocence lost in a lost world.

A young father holidays by the sea...

Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

by Pierre Lemaitre & Frank Wynne MacLehose Press (December 09, 2014)

Camille Verhoeven, whose diminutive stature belies his fierce intensity, has reached an unusually content (for him) place in life. he is respected by his colleagues and he and his lovely wife, Irene, are expecting...


by Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell & Brian Evenson Open Letter (September 01, 2013)

A 517-page single sentence novel about the violence of the twentieth century and an intelligence agent quitting the business.

The First Person

by Pierre Turgeon Groupe Cogito Média (April 15, 2014)

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...

The Interrogation: A Novel

by J. M. G. Le Clezio Simon & Schuster (March 09, 2010)

From the original Atheneum edition jacket, 1964.

"J.M.G. Le Clézio, revelation of the literary year" ran the headline of the Paris Express after last year's prizes had been awarded. The Goncourt jury was locked...

The Stone Boy

by Sophie Loubiere Grand Central Publishing (October 01, 2013)

The bestselling French phenomenon, winner of the Prix Lion Noir, now available in English for the first time...

When Madame Préau returns to her own house outside Paris after several years spent in a convalescent...


by Edouard Levé & Lorin Stein Dalkey Archive Press (March 15, 2012)

A brilliant and sobering self-portrait made up entirely of facts, and a companion to the harrowing book Suicide.

Blue White Red: A Novel

by Alain Mabanckou & Alison Dundy Indiana University Press (February 21, 2013)

This tale of wild adventure reveals the dashed hopes of Africans living between worlds. When Moki returns to his village from France wearing designer clothes and affecting all the manners of a Frenchman, Massala-Massala,...

Twilight: A Novel

by Elie Wiesel Simon & Schuster (February 12, 2013)

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...

Out of Time in Wan Chai

by Fan Tong Boucher and Luo Infodoc Ltd (November 12, 2012)

From a not too distant past in Wan Chai district, Hong Kong, take: 1° An idealistic revolutionary: a dreamer but nevertheless a bright young lady; 2° A heavy set French man: a quiet, aging arms dealer; 3°...

The Shadow of Memory

by Bernard Comment & Betsy Wing Dalkey Archive Press (November 12, 2012)

The debut novel of Bernard Comment, acclaimed author and editor, now available in English for the first time, The Shadow of Memory brings a fairy-tale premise into the modern world, where information—and its...

Therese Desqueyroux

by François Mauriac & Raymond N. MacKenzie Sheed & Ward (March 11, 2005)

François Mauriac's masterpiece and one of the greatest Catholic novels, Thérèse Desqueyroux is the haunting story of an unhappily married young woman whose desperation drives her to thoughts of murder.

The American Fiancee

by Eric Dupont HarperVia (February 11, 2020)

In this extraordinary breakout novel—a rich, devastatingly humorous epic of one unforgettable family—award-winning author Eric Dupont illuminates the magic of stories, the bonds of family, and the twists...


by Pierre Bordage & Sheryl Curtis L'Atalante (November 21, 2019)

It is the 23rd century. An impassable screen protects Occident from its neighbouring empires. Wang, a young seventeen-year-old Chinese boy, lives with his grandmother in a poor district of Grand-Wroclaw in Silesia,...

Someone Else

by Tonino Benacquista & Adriana Hunter Bitter Lemon Press (August 31, 2012)

Two men decide to change their lives. An innocent bet becomes a risky proposition.

Upstaged (French Literature Series)

by Jacques Jouet & Leland de la Durantaye Dalkey Archive Press (June 14, 2011)

A stranger takes over a role in a play, leaving the rest of the cast to ponder his motives.


by Frankétienne, Asselin Charles & Jean Jonassaint University of Virginia Press (October 30, 2018)

Dézafi is no ordinary zombie novel. In the hands of the great Haitian author known simply as Frankétienne, zombification takes on a symbolic dimension that stands as a potent commentary on a country haunted...

The Department of Missing Persons

by Ruth Zylberman & Grace McQuillan Arcade (October 03, 2017)

A startling debut novel about the burden of Holocaust memory and the implacable zest for life.

Thirty-six years after her mother was liberated from Bergen-Belsen, the unnamed narrator lives a comfortable life...

Mala Vida

by Marc Fernandez & Molly Grogan Arcade (January 15, 2019)

Finalist for the Readers ofElle Magazine's Grand Prize (France)

Winner of the Plaidoiries Prize for Best Crime Novel at the Festival Clameur(s) of Dijon

Almodóvar meets Orwell in this acclaimed, fast-paced...

In Every Wave

by Quimper Charles & Guil Lefebvre Qc Fiction (October 29, 2018)

A man loses his daughter while swimming one summer. This little gem of a novella–sad and beautiful and spellbinding all at once–is the tale of how he strives to be reunited with her again, whether back home...

Lie With Me

by Philippe Besson & Molly Ringwald Scribner (April 30, 2019)

The Advocate’s Best Gay Novel of 2019

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019

The Wall Street Journal’s Ten...

Seven Days

by Patrick Senécal, Howard Scott & Phyllis Aronoff Simon & Schuster (January 01, 2019)

For fans of Stephen King’s Misery and Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman comes an engrossing thriller about a monster who becomes a victim and a victim who becomes a monster. From Patrick Senécal, the Quebec author...

Waiting for Bojangles

by Olivier Bourdeaut & Regan Kramer Simon & Schuster (March 19, 2019)

An “oddball fairy tale” (The New York Times)—shortlisted for one of France’s highest literary prizes—a dark, funny, and wholly charming novel about a young boy and his eccentric family, who grapple...

Do You Hear in the Mountains... and Other Stories

by Maïssa Bey, Erin Lamm & Alison Rice University of Virginia Press (September 13, 2018)

New translation of multiple-award-winning Algerian writer Maissa Bey's autofiction about the plight of North African immigrant women in Paris.

Concrete Flowers

by Wilfried N'sondé & Karen Lindo Indiana University Press (August 01, 2018)

- Battered by her father, a young woman evolves before being devoured by family and her current situation.

- The theme of hope among the immigrant populations who lived in the Paris projects.

- N’Sondé is an...

The Tyrant

by Jacques Chessex & Martin Sokolinsky Bitter Lemon Press (April 10, 2012)

Semi-autobiographical, and Chessex’s bestselling novel to date, The Tyrant describes a tyrannical father’s destruction of a young teacher’s life.

The Cabin at the End of the World

by Paul Tremblay William Morrow (June 26, 2018)

 “A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.”  — Stephen King


Eve Out of Her Ruins

by Ananda Devi, Jeffrey Zuckerman & J.M.G. Le Clézio Deep Vellum Publishing (August 22, 2016)

With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country's endless cycle of fear and violence. Eve out of Her Ruins is a heartbreaking look at the...

The Restless

by Gerty Dambury & Judith G. Miller The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 22, 2018)

This lyrical novel, structured like a Creole quadrille, is a rich ethnography bearing witness to police violence in French Guadeloupe. Narrators both living and dead recount the racial and class stratification...

The Messenger: A Novel

by Yannick Haenel & Ian Monk Counterpoint (April 01, 2012)

Jan Karski, a young Polish diplomat turned cavalry officer, joined the Polish underground movement after escaping from a Soviet detention camp in 1939. He served as a courier for the underground, ferrying messages...

Birth of a Bridge

by Maylis de Kerangal & Jessica Moore Talonbooks (September 22, 2014)

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes this literary saga of a dozen men and women – engineers, designers, machinery operators, cable riggers – all employees of the international...

Radiant Terminus

by Antoine Volodine & Jeffrey Zuckerman Open Letter (February 14, 2017)

Part post-apocalyptic adventure story and part scathing critique of humanity, Volodine’s award-winning novel takes place after the fall of the Second Soviet Union against a bleak, almost Tarkovskian landscape....

The Madonna of Notre Dame

by Alexis Ragougneau & Katherine Gregor New Vessel Press (September 19, 2016)

Fifty thousand believers and photo-hungry tourists jam into Notre Dame Cathedral on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. The next morning, a stunningly beautiful young woman clothed all in white...

Not One Day

by Anne Garreta & Emma Ramadan Deep Vellum Publishing (March 20, 2017)

Not One Day, winner of the prestigious Prix Médicis, begins with the maxim: “Not one day without a woman.” What follows is renowned Oulipo member Anne Garréta's intimate, erotic, and sometimes bitter collection...


by Yanick Lahens, Emily Gogolak & Russell Banks Deep Vellum Publishing (September 25, 2017)

The award-winning saga of a peasant family living in a small Haitian village, told through four generations of voices, recounting through stories of tradition and superstition, voodoo and the new gods, romance...

Autopsy of a Father

by Pascale Kramer & Robert Bononno Bellevue Literary Press (July 11, 2017)

“[Kramer’s body of work is] precise and sumptuous . . . a song of emotion, but with a great lucidity about the humanity of simple people.” —Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Grand Prize for Literature...

The Eyes of Lira Kazan

by Eva Joly, Judith Perrignon & Emily Read Bitter Lemon Press (September 18, 2012)

Russian oligarchs and Western secret services in pursuit of a beautiful journalist with too much information about their financial shenanigans.

Black Water Lilies: A Novel

by Michel Bussi Hachette Books (February 07, 2017)

From the author of the "wonderfully ingenious" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) novel After the Crash, a thrilling tale of a murder that takes place in Claude Monet's garden and the mystery that...

Eyes Full of Empty

by Jérémie Guez & Edward Gauvin The Unnamed Press (November 10, 2015)

The son of an Algerian immigrant, Idir is a disappointment to his doctor father. Torn between his wealthy school friends and his neighborhood pals, who range from petty thieves to professional criminals, Idir...

Bye Bye Blondie

by Virginie Despentes & Sian Reynolds The Feminist Press at CUNY (June 20, 2016)

Psychiatric institutions and class difference doom two young lovers from the start in this dark romantic comedy.

One Hundred Twenty-One Days

by Michèle Audin & Christiana Hills Deep Vellum Publishing (April 25, 2016)

Debut novel by mathematician Oulipo member layers coded narratives across World Wars unlocking the entangled history of politics and science.

Abahn Sabana David

by Marguerite Duras & Kazim Ali Open Letter (May 23, 2016)

Similar in tone to a Beckett play, the characters of this novel spend the night discussing violence, communism, and revolution.

Alexander and Alestria

by Shan Sa HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

re-creating the lives of two of the most intriguing rulers in history, Shan Sa brings us a novel filled with the sound of hooves, the whistle of arrows, blood, passion, and betrayal. The familiar figure of Alexander...

After the Crash: A Novel

by Michel Bussi Hachette Books (January 05, 2016)

"Wonderfully ingenious and altogether satisfying."---Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing...

The Lily and the Lion

The Accursed Kings #6

by Maurice Druon HarperCollins (November 10, 2015)

‘This was the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin

The royal house of France has fallen. Charles IV is dead, fulfilling the curse of the Templars once and for all. This leaves the path to the throne...

The Age of Reinvention: A Novel

by Karine Tuil Washington Square Press (December 01, 2015)

An international bestseller and finalist for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, The Age of Reinvention is a "suspenseful...Gatsby-esque odyssey...laced with provocative observations...

Rochester Knockings: A Novel of the Fox Sisters

by Hubert Haddad & Jennifer Grotz Open Letter (September 14, 2015)

Fictional retelling of the most famous spiritualists of the nineteenth century—the Fox Sisters, who conned everyone with their mysterious knockings.


by Shan Sa HarperCollins e-books (October 06, 2009)

Such is the voice of Shan Sa's unforgettable heroine in her latest literary masterpiece, Empress. Empress Wu, one of China's most controversial figures, was its first and only female emperor, who emerged in...