Epic and energetic.
BBC

Now back in print, this heartbreaking novel by Romain Gary has inspired two movies, including the Netflix feature *The Life Ahead*

Available November 1, 2022

The Life Before Us

Fiction by Romain Gary

Translated from the French by Ralph Manheim

Momo has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores’ children at Madame Rosa’s boarding house in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can. This sensitive, slightly macabre love story between Momo and Madame Rosa has a supporting cast of transvestites, pimps, and witch doctors from Paris’s immigrant slum, Belleville. Profoundly moving, The Life Before Us won France’s premier literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

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Paperback (published November 1, 2022)

ISBN
9780811232418
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
208

Paperback (published February 1, 1986)

ISBN
9780811209618
Price US
13.95
Price CN
19
Page Count
192

Romain Gary

Franco-Lithuanian novelist

Epic and energetic.
BBC
Blissful: in Gary’s hands fiction itself is a form of resistance.
—The Guardian
…a tour de force on several levels.
The New York Times Book Review