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THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING de Grant Ginder

A bitingly funny, hugely entertaining novel  in which a fractured family from the Chicago suburbs must gather in London for the eldest daughter’s marriage to an upper-crust Englishman, proving that the harder we strain against the ties that bind, the tighter they hold us close

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING
by Grant Ginder
Flatiron Books, June 2017

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn’t hate it more.
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING is the story of a family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best girlfriend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable affair with her married boss. She might just like her Klonopin prescription a bit too much. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track Penn professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing his lacrosse bro undergrads. Paul works for a famous “immersive” psychologist—sadistically forcing people to confront their own fears day in and day out. He hates it. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to the dashing European playboy of the Western World Henrique, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. You can’t even, with her, can you?
As this dysfunctional clan gathers together, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in this bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel.

Grant Ginder is the author of This is How it Starts and Driver’s Education. He received his MFA from NYU, where he teaches writing.

TORNADO WEATHER de Deborah Kennedy

A gifted debut about a small town whose fault lines are exposed with a little girl goes missing. A novel that will appeal to readers of books like The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, and A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

TORNADO WEATHER
by Deborah Kennedy
Flatiron Books, Fall 2017

Deborah Kennedy’s vision is as clear as her embrace is wide. With Tornado Weather, she has given us a novel that startles and surprises from the first page to the last, turning our heads again and again. Yet the thunderclaps the book produces are not those of a thriller, despite the missing child at its center, but of how many human beings it seems to know, and how variously it inhabits them. In the abundance with which it is populated, and the diversity with which it is colored, it offers something considerably more than the fragments of a few stray characters. It offers the mosaic of an entire community.”—Kevin Brockmeier, bestselling author of « The Brief History of the Dead »

 When the bus driver drops nine-year-old Daisy off at the end of her road, it is the last time anyone sees her alive. A child going missing is bad enough, but the local dairy farm has been shut down, scandalizing the town and leaving dozens of immigrants jobless, an event that threatens to escalate the town’s already heated racial tensions. Now the residents of the town are forced to confront some intense truths about themselves.
Shifting between the voices of the bus driver, an undercover reporter writing an exposé of the dairy farm, the man whose job it is to scrape the roadkill off the highways, the police officer desperate to find Daisy, a soldier overseas dreaming of his hometown, a boy who talks to animals, and other members of this small community, TORNADO WEATHER is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find some measure of fulfillment in their lives.
Unsettling, dark, and at times funny, the narratives bring the town’s rich fabric to life and though the characters’ triumphs are often modest, the hope for redemption is real—and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life.

Deborah Kennedy is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, Sou’wester, Third Coast Magazine, and The North American Review. Deborah has worked as both a reporter and editor, and also holds a Master’s in Fiction Writing and English Literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is very well connected in literary circles and we anticipate a lot of attention for her debut.

FURIOUSLY HAPPY de Jenny Lawson

Mise à jour du 30 octobre 2015 : droits cédés à Fleuve Éditions

The poignant and hilarious new memoir by the bestselling author of “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”!

FURIOUSLY HAPPY:
A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson
Flatiron Books
, September 2015

In her inimitably frank, hilarious, bizarre and endearing way, Jenny Lawson describes her battles with depression and anxiety and her quest to overcome them by saying yes to absurd opportunities and making the good times gloriously good. For as Jenny says: “You can’t experience pain without also experiencing the baffling and ridiculous moments of being fiercely, unapologetically, intensely and (above all) furiously happy . . .” It’s a philosophy that has—quite literally—saved her life. With boundless humor, courage, and honesty, Furiously Happy is about finding the strength to live with depression and about the advantages of being “a little crazy.”

Rights sold in : UK (Picador)

ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL de Daniel Lowe

An incredibly written novel about stories and storytelling

ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL
by Daniel Lowe
Flatiron Books, TBA
Editor: Amy Einhorn

ALL THAT’S LEFT TO TELL is told through the lens of an American hostage in Pakistan named Marc, who develops an almost Scheherazade-ian relationship with his captor and interrogator. Every night she comes in to interrogate him, and every night t hey end up telling each other stories—including the story of the life and death of Marc’s daughter Claire, who was killed back in America only a month beforehand. The novel thus becomes a kind act of imagination, containing stories (and stories within stories) about the thousand tiny things that could have happened differently. Throughout the course of these stories, father and daughter start to find their way towards understanding one another once again, even if only in imagination and in death.

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CAN NOT KEEP de Beatrice Colin

1889 : A love story set in Paris against the backdrop of the building of the Eiffel Tower

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP
by Beatrice Colin
Flatiron Books, Summer 2016

TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP, is a novel set in Paris against the backdrop of the building of the Eiffel Tower, in which a penniless widow and an upper class engineer fall in love, despite their different social strata.

This note from the author herself explains how the story came to life:

“Usually when I’m in Paris I tend to avoid the Eiffel Tower – too many tourists. One day I realised, however, that it was so famous that I had ceased to actually see it anymore. I started to wonder what was it doing there and who built it. I discovered that it wasn’t designed by Gustave Eiffel but by two engineers, Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin who worked for Eiffel, for the World Fair of 1889. There are only a few photographic images of Émile Nouguier and not much biographical information apart from his engineering work – which was impressive – and the fact that he was unmarried. Nouguier left Eiffel’s firm shortly after the tower was completed and started his own firm. One of his biggest achievements was the Fairherbe Bridge in Senegal which is still in use today. A photograph of Nouguier captures a handsome young man with a slightly wistful expression. I decided to write a fictional character based on him to tell the story of the tower and of the vibrant, revolutionary times in which it was built. “

Beatrice Colin is a novelist based in Glasgow. The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite/The Glimmer Palace (2008), a novel set in Berlin in the early 20th century, was translated into eight languages, was a Richard and Judy pick and was short-listed for several major awards. The Songwriter (2010) was set in jazz-age New York and translated into Italian and Portuguese.

This will have huge appeal for fans of E.M. Forster’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW and Paula McLain’s A PARIS WIFE.