What You Need From The Night

Laurent Petitmangin author Shaun Whiteside translator


Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:9th Feb '23


Available for immediate dispatch.

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A short, heartbreaking debut novel about a father and son, the lure of the far right in marginalized communities, and how the bonds of love survive acts of violence.

'One of the most exquisite debuts I've read for some time' Daily Telegraph

'Affecting and haunting'

After the death of his wife, a father raises his two sons alone. His bond with Fus, the eldest, and Gillou, the youngest, is a close one. But their town is not one of opportunity, and it soon becomes clear that the boys are heading down different paths. Gillou sets his sights on university in Paris. Fus, despite his socialist upbringing, falls in with the local far-right group. Though he joins mostly for the camaraderie, their activities, which might on the surface appear harmless, lead to a violent confrontation.

How can a father and son find common ground when everything seems set to break them apart? A sudden tragedy will force them to find an answer.

Tense, sharp and ultimately heartbreaking, Laurent Petitmangin's first novel, What You Need From The Night, shines a spotlight on lives that are unfolding in forgotten corners of France and asks what acts can truly be forgiven.

'A tragedy of unconditional love' - L'Obs

'Heartbreaking . . . haunts you long after you've put it down'- Libération

'As sublime as it is painful' - Le Parisien

Heartbreaking . . . haunts you long after you've put it down * Libération *
A tragedy of unconditional love * L'Obs *
As sublime as it is painful * Le Parisien *
A poignant, modest, moving book * Télérama *
It's impossible not to devour this heartbreaking and beautiful short text in one gulp * Psychologie Mag *
An unforgettable first novel, Laurent Petitmangin writes as one lives. And it's dazzling * L'Est Républicain *
Petitmangin tells his story of generational shock with a painful quality, a deep voice charged with sadness and a touching efficiency. Memorable * El País *
A block of raw emotion * Paris Match *
He describes with inifinite accuracy the violence of a father not being able to recognise his son anymore * Femme Actuelle *
It shines with the dazzling yet minimalist style that probes hearts and consciences * La Provence *
Magnificent! * France Inter *
Everytime, Laurent Petitmangin finds the right word * Le Figaro *

ISBN: 9781529063509

Dimensions: 224mm x 144mm x 22mm

Weight: 276g

160 pages