Guys Like Me
Translated by Howard Curtis
New Vessel Press, February 2015.
A 2014 French Voices Award Winner.
Dominique Fabre, born in Paris and a lifelong resident of the city, exposes the shadowy, anonymous lives of many who inhabit the French capital. In this quiet, subdued tale, a middle-aged office worker, divorced and alienated from his only son, meets up with two childhood friends who are similarly adrift, without passions or prospects. He’s looking for a second act to his mournful life, seeking the harbor of love and a true connection with his son. Set in palpably real Paris streets that feel miles away from the City of Light, Guys Like Me is a stirring novel of regret and absence, yet not without a glimmer of hope.
“Readers will take pleasure in this well-told tale with a satisfying ending.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The setting may be Paris, but it’s not the Paris of grand avenues and pricey cafés. In fact, Fabre’s hero is a recognizable everyman, from any country.”
— Library Journal
“Fabre speaks to us of luck and misfortune, of the accidents that make a man or defeat him. He talks about our ordinary disappointments and our small moments of calm. Fabre is the discreet megaphone of the man in the crowd.”
“A smile like a soft flash of light … travels through this moving novel and tells, in words that are muted and profoundly humane, of life as it is.”
— Le Monde
“In this novel one finds the intimate geography of an author who lays bare the essence of Paris and its outskirts.”
— La Quinzaine littéraire
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