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American Journal

By Christine Montalbetti | Translated by Jane Kuntz

Beginning as a road novel reuniting Donovan and Tom Lee, old friends from their college days, Christine Montalbetti’s novel quickly becomes a playfully unpredictable exploration of American culture. Reflecting on college football, small-town gossip, and the automobile, among other American institutions, the dreamlike quality of Montalbetti’s narration creates fresh, often very funny new vantages on aspects of American life usually too familiar to be noticed.

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Christine Montalbetti’s books are innovative, compelling, and slyly enticing constructions that provide some of the finest readerly experiences that French fiction currently has to offer.
–Warren Motte

Montalbetti encourages us to think about storytelling and its uses, and more particularly about the set of attitudes, norms, and expectations that we assemble when we sit down to read a novel.
–World Literature Today


Christine Montalbetti is an award-winning French novelist, essayist, critic, and professor of literature at the University of Paris VIII.

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