Enter the world of Pascal Garnier, where life’s misfits take centre stage, there is drama in the everyday and the unexpected is always just around the corner.
Dark, funny and shot through with menace, these perfectly crafted novellas are also affecting studies in human alienation.
Massively acclaimed by both reviewers and fellow authors, Garnier has been compared to many other writers, yet he remains the master of his own unique brand of Gallic noir.
Volume 1 includes:
The A26, in which a new Picardy motorway brings modernity close to a flat in which a brother and sister live together, haunted by terminal illness and the events of 1945
How’s the Pain?, the tale of an ageing ‘pest exterminator’ taking on one last job on the French Riviera
The Panda Theory, in which a stranger, Gabriel, arrives in a Breton town and befriends the locals … but is he as angelic as he seems?
Volume 2 includes:
Boxes, which tells the story of Brice, ‘the sole survivor of the natural disaster that at one time or another strikes us all, known as ‘moving house’’
The Front Seat Passenger, in which a widower discovers his wife had a lover and decides to track down his widow
The Islanders, whose protagonist Olivier finds himself thrown back together with a childhood friend with whom he shares a dark secret
Moon in a Dead Eye, in which the paranoia of the residents of a gated retirement village spins out of control.
Volume 3 includes:
The Eskimo Solution, which combines the story of a struggling writer with excerpts of the crime novel he’s writing, which will spill over into his own life
Low Heights, in which a cantankerous retiree falls for his nurse and finds himself confronted with a man claiming to be his long-lost son … but the family reunion is threatened by the vultures circling above
Too Close to the Edge, the tale of a quiet retirement in the foothills of the Alps turned upside down.