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The Crack (La fissure)

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Original Language: French | 336 pp. | January 2018

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic and World English Rights.

Under option: Spain, Germany, English Language territories, Russia, Sweden, Bulgaria

Over 420,000 copies sold in his previous books

COMMERCIAL FICTION

A true gem of a book that makes Christmas last through January! A must-read, trust me. – Lydie Zannini, Librairie Papeterie du Théâtre

Following along this “crack” turns out to be funny, surprising, and a good deal deeper than it first appears. – Marc Filipson, Librairie Filigranes

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent knows how to make you go from laughter to tears with a snap of his fingers. He will take you off shore… – Jean Pichinoty, Librairie La soupe de l’Espace

We follow this “crack” with excitement: Didierlaurent proves his unique and exhilarating talent for joining popular realism and poetry. – Amanda Spiegel, Librairie Folies d’Encre

A witty novel. Dynamic! Realizing the happiness of being oneself. – Emmanuelle Georges, Librairie Gwalarn

After finishing this beautiful novel, one cannot help but think about who one truly is. – Roberta Pouget, Sauramps Alès

This third novel is, without doubt, the most accomplished. I loved The Reader on the 6.27 I loved following Xavier Barthoux in his daily madness: Isn’t there a small part of him in all of us? – Brice Vauthier, Librairie L’Étagère

Completely taken with The Fissure…surprising and funny! – Corinne Hulin, Fnac Quimper

The third novel in the line of The Reader on the 6:27 and The Rest of their Life

A moving and joyful story which will delight readers.

A world set between realism and the marvelous.

The last sales rep for a family garden gnome business, Xavier Barthoux leads a normal and well-regulated life between the weekly tour of his clients, his wife, his dog and his second home in Cévennes, for which he has just paid off the mortgage. But a crack discovered under a vine which hides the wall of his house will bring this beautiful building down… Xavier cracks up and sends everything packing to follow this obsession, a kind of chimera… Until the final collapse.

The last sales rep for a family garden gnome business which has been bought by an American holding company, Xavier Barthoux leads a normal and well- regulated life between the weekly tour of his clients, his wife, his dog and his second home in Cévennes, for which he has just paid off the mortgage. But a crack discovered under a vine which hides the wall of his house will bring this beautiful building down…

The Crack starts with the story of an employee who cracks up and sends everything packing to follow an obsession, a chimera. And the reader, alternately compassionate, angry, entertained or impatient, follows the progression of it, complicit and impassioned … with nothing but surprise after surprise until the final collapse!

In this third novel, we find the remarkable qualities of Jean-Paul Didierlaurent’s previous successes: original and colorful characters, empathy for others, real-life situations, the difficulty of being happy, an incomparable sense of the marvelous and, above all, his art for suddenly upsetting ordinary perspectives with poetic hiatus.