Before Nicolas Mathieu won the Prix Goncourt in 2018 for And Their Children After Them he wrote this remarkable novel about two small-town scallies who resort to crime when the local factory closes down . . . Mathieu, a wonderful writer, echoes the grittiness and compassion of Émile Zola in Germinal
There are several intersecting stories in this bleakly uncompromising portrait of working-class life in the Vosges . . . this tale of helpless, resentful people with nothing to lose is powerful and compelling.
Award-winning novelist Nicolas Mathieu portrays how the destruction of working-class communities has fed cynicism and despair.
A first novel of rare power
Nicolas Mathieu has written one of the best crime novels of the year