"Fabre's unexpectedly touching novel has a laugh of its own behind its low-key, smoothly translated narrative voice ... The city it evokes isn't the Paris of tourists but of local people."-- The New York Times
"Fabre is a genius of these nuanced, interior moments ...Read more...
"Fabre's unexpectedly touching novel has a laugh of its own behind its low-key, smoothly translated narrative voice ... The city it evokes isn't the Paris of tourists but of local people."--The New York Times
"Fabre is a genius of these nuanced, interior moments ... The story Fabre tells is that of every one of us: looking for meaning in the mundane, moving through our lives, our interactions, as if through the fabric of a dream ... How do we live? it asks to consider. And: What does our existence mean?"--Los Angeles Times
"Guys Like Me is a short, arresting tale that ...not only offers keen insights into the mind of its middle-aged protagonist, but also provides the reader with a unique tour of what everyday life in the low-key suburbs of Paris must truly be like."--Typographical Era
"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 cafes. In fact, Fabre's hero is a recognizable everyman, from any country."--Library Journal
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
"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."--Elle
"In this novel one finds the intimate geography of an author who lays bare the essence of Paris and its outskirts."--La Quinzaine litteraire
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.
Dominique Fabre, born in 1960, writes about people living on society's margins. He is a lifelong resident of Paris, France. His previous novel, The Waitress Was New, was also translated into English.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-08
- Reviewer: Staff
This wistful, short novel from Fabre (The Waitress Was New) has a 54-year-old Parisian office worker as the nameless narrator-protagonist. Divorced and melancholic, he drifts from day to day in search of his “second act,” while he fears there isn’t one. Luckily, he maintains strong emotional ties with his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, and his girlfriend, Anaïs, who are both soon to depart to Benjamin’s new research job in Zurich. The narrator also spends time socializing with a pair of old male friends: Jean, an unemployed bachelor, and Marc-André Lebars, a successful attorney, married for a second time. Eventually, the curmudgeonly narrator’s worldview is shaken up by a woman named Maria, whom he meets on a dating website. Readers will take pleasure in this well-told tale with a satisfying ending. (Feb.)