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The Future Future

The Future Future

Author Adam Thirlwell
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date 2023-10-17
Section New Hardcover - Fiction
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780374607616

A wild story of female friendship, language, and power, from France to colonial America to the moon, from 1775 to this very moment: a historical novel like no other.

It's the eighteenth century, and Celine is in trouble. She’s eighteen. Her husband is mostly absent. Her parents are elsewhere. And somewhere men are inventing stories about her―about her affairs, her sexuality, her orgies and addictions and assignations. All these stories are lies, but the ordinary public loves them―spreading them like a plague. And Celine watches as her name becomes a celebrity symbol for everything rotten in the world.

This is a universe of saturation and corruption, of lavish parties and private salons, of purified guava and raki, of tulle and satin and sex, but also of revolution and resistance. It’s a world ruled by men, all of whom are high on genocide, colonial expansion, forest redevelopment, political theory, violence against women, and, above all, language.

As France moves through its revolutions and the earth whirls around the sun, Celine and her young friends band together against evil and history in search of justice, truth, and beauty.

Adam Thirlwell’s The Future Future is set in 1775 and in the present moment; in Europe and America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and, briefly, on the moon. Dazzlingly inventive, hilarious, supermodern, and blindingly bright, it follows one woman on an urgently contemporary quest to clear her name and change the world.

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