Everything that's Missing

Original title: Tout ce qui Manque

Author: Oiseau, Florent

Publication Date:

August 2023



Original language and publisher

French | Allary Editions

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Literary Fiction


  • Prix Maison Rouge 2023 (longlisted)
  • Prix Vleel 2023 (winner)

Everything that's Missing

Original title: Tout ce qui Manque

Author: Oiseau, Florent


Among the great novels of the literary season, there is this one. You should read Florent Oiseau. — Adeline Dieudonné

Writing with disillusioned elegance and wry sadness combined with an art of portraiture which avoids the easy pitfall of irony. – Libération

A very funny novel with a touch of melancholy. An intelligent and lucid look at the world without taking itself seriously. – Europe 1

Florent Oiseau exercises his talent as a portraitist. It moves readers. The heart of this charming book is attachment and love on the run. — Elle

Florent Oiseau has written his most beautiful book, generating rare emotions. — Figaro

“It seemed like the obvious thing to do. I would use the village to provide the setting, tell an apparently harmless story, but, this time, with a very specific goal: pouring between the lines everything that I had thought it wise to hold in until then. Ana, you’re more than just a nurse; Ana, you’re not a roommate; Ana, you’re not a regular. Loving you is the first thing I’ve ever been sure of. Having done it badly is the second, wanting to write a book to change the course of our relationship is the last.”

A novel about a breaking point in a relationship, a sketchbook about a hometown, Tout ce qui manque takes stock of everything that matters. Like John Fante of the villages, Florent Oiseau adds a dash of melancholy to his style, whose phlegmatic sarcasm is as moving as it is delightful.