French Exit by Patrick deWitt ( paperback)
New Yorker Frances Price is in dire straits. Scandals swirl around the recently widowed New York socialite, and her adult-aged, toddler-brained son Malcolm is no help. Cutting their losses, they grab their cat, Small Frank, and head for the exit.
A moving and tragically funny story of a possessive mother, a down and out son, and Small Frank the cat, who is possibly possessed by the spirit of the deceased husband and father. A book full of characters who will climb inside your heart.
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