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The Martins (Paperback)

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Synopsis

'Go out into the street and the first person you see will be the subject of your next book.'





This is the challenge a struggling Parisian writer sets himself, imagining his next heroine might be the mysterious young woman who often stands smoking near his apartment ... instead it's octogenarian Madeleine. She's happy to become the subject of his book - but first she needs to put away her shopping.





Is it really true, the writer wonders, that every life is the stuff of novels, or is his story doomed to be hopelessly banal? As he gets to know Madeleine and her family, he'll be privy to their secrets - lost loves, marital problems and workplace worries. And he'll soon realise he is not the impartial bystander he intended to be, but a catalyst for major changes in the lives of his characters.





Told with Foenkinos's characteristic irony and self-deprecating humour, yet filled with warmth, The Martins is a compelling tale of the family next door which raises questions about what it means to be 'ordinary', and about the blurred lines between truth and fiction.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Gallic Books Publication Date: 28/10/2022 ISBN-13: 9781913547301  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Foenkinos is the author of 17 novels which have been translated into 40 languages. His novel Delicacy was made into a film starring Audrey Tautou. He received the 2014 Prix Renaudot and Prix Goncourt des lyceens for Charlotte. Sam Taylor is both an author and translator. His previous novels, The Republic of Trees (2005) The Amnesiac (2007) The Island at the End of the World (2009) The Ground is Burning (2011) are all published by Faber and Faber in the UK. Sam's translations include award winning HHhH (2012), The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2014) and The Heart (2017). He lives in Texarkana, Texas with his family.

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