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03

A Novel

Jean-Christophe Valtat

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“From the bus stop across the street, it was hard to tell, but suddenly I understood, seeing the passengers in the van that picked her up every morning, that she was slightly retarded.”

A precocious teenager in a French suburb finds himself powerfully, troublingly drawn to the girl he sees every day on the way to school. As he watches and thinks about her, his daydreams—full of lyrics from Joy Division and the Smiths, fairy tales, Flowers for Algernon, sexual desire and fear, loneliness, rage for escape, impatience to grow up—reveal an entire adolescence. And this fleeting erotic obsession, remembered years later, blossoms into a meditation on what it means to be a smart kid, what it means to be dumb, and what it means to be in love with another person.

03 is a book about young love like none you have ever read. It marks the English-language debut of a unique French writer—one of the great stylists of his generation.

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Valtat's icky, riveting 03 | Bookish | THIRTEEN
At once disturbing and compelling, Jean-Christophe Valtat's03 renders a swirling monologue by a teenager infatuated with a mentally challenged girl.
- Thirteen, New York Public Media
The Novella is Making a Comeback - The Daily Beast
Why is the novella such an intriguing and attractive fictional form? Taylor Antrim explores why these short works might be perfect for our time and suggests a few recent ones that do things the novel can only dream about.
- The Daily Beast

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  • Jean-Christophe Valtat

  • Jean-Christophe Valtat teaches comparative literature at Clermont-Ferrand University. He is the author of two novels and a story collection.

    Mitzi Angel is the publisher of Faber and Faber, Inc.

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Jean-Christophe Valtat

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