And Their Children after Them by Nicolas Mathieu audiobook

And Their Children after Them

By Nicolas Mathieu
Translated by William Rodarmor
Read by Jean Brassard

Blackstone Publishing 9781892746771
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August 1992. One afternoon during a heat wave in a lost valley somewhere in eastern France, with its dormant blast furnaces and its lake, fourteen-year-old Anthony and his cousin decide to steal a canoe to find out what it’s like on the other side at the famous nudist beach. The trip ultimately takes Anthony to his first love and a first summer that will determine everything that happens afterwards. Nicolas Mathieu conjures up a valley, an era, adolescence, and the political journey of a young generation that has to forge its own path in a dying world. Four summers and four defining moments, from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the 1998 World Cup, which encapsulate the hectic lives of the inhabitants of that intermediate France of medium-sized cities and their quiet residential estates, astride the countryside and the concrete expanses of the outer suburbs. And Their Children after Them is the portrait of a France far removed from the centers of globalization, alternating between decency and rage. A France where almost everybody lives, and which many people would like to forget.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Prix Goncourt

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

August 1992. One afternoon during a heat wave in a lost valley somewhere in eastern France, with its dormant blast furnaces and its lake, fourteen-year-old Anthony and his cousin decide to steal a canoe to find out what it’s like on the other side at the famous nudist beach. The trip ultimately takes Anthony to his first love and a first summer that will determine everything that happens afterwards.

Nicolas Mathieu conjures up a valley, an era, adolescence, and the political journey of a young generation that has to forge its own path in a dying world. Four summers and four defining moments, from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the 1998 World Cup, which encapsulate the hectic lives of the inhabitants of that intermediate France of medium-sized cities and their quiet residential estates, astride the countryside and the concrete expanses of the outer suburbs.

And Their Children after Them is the portrait of a France far removed from the centers of globalization, alternating between decency and rage. A France where almost everybody lives, and which many people would like to forget.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mathieu’s book has been acclaimed in France for shining a light on a forgotten part of the country…[He has] received domestic acclaim and international attention for writing about working-class youth.” New York Times
“By focusing on the margins of society, Nicolas Mathieu sees what the tinkerers of comforting literature miss.” Le Figaro (Paris)
“Sensitive and apt. A magnificent chronicle.” Le Monde des livres
“This is an important book, whose characters stay with us long after the last pages have been turned…It gives us the keys to better understand the extent of the current rejection of our political and economic elites.” Libération
“Stunning, bittersweet…Mathieu’s subtle craft will enrapture readers.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Subtly tragic and deeply human.” Booklist
“A gritty, expansive coming-of-age novel filled with sex and violence that manages to be tender, even wryly hopeful.” Kirkus Reviews
“Evokes the beautiful, miserable, longing-plagued experience of being an adolescent as pointedly and powerfully as any novel published since The Virgin Suicides.” Adam Levin, author of Bubblegum and The Instructions

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Author

Author Bio: Nicolas Mathieu

Author Bio: Nicolas Mathieu

Nicolas Mathieu was born in Épinal, France, in 1978. His first novel, Aux animaux la guerre, was published in 2014 and adapted for television by Alain Tasma in 2018. He received the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, in 2018 for his second novel, And Their Children after Them. He lives in Nancy.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Coming-of-Age
Runtime: 15.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English