“It’s a clever (and more than slightly irreverent) conceit upon which to construct a novel, but Dan/Danuta brings it off, in the process sending up chick lit and just about anything else that crosses the screen. . . . It’s fun and it’s funny.” Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
The Little White Car
978-1-84195-721-0 • $12.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2005
Dan Rhodes’s Timoleon Vieta Come Home was among 2003’s most talked-about debut novels. Dan has created a doppelgänger, Danuta de Rhodes, as he archly sends up chick-lit hysteria by impersonating both a genre and its latest exiled fashion industry discovery, Danuta.
Veronique, an insouciant young Parisian, has an argument with her boyfriend, a self-consciously cerebral experimental musician, after he premieres the latest opus from his favorite band, the Sofia Experimental Bread Octet, in his shabby living room. Pissed off, exhausted by his claims of genius, and slightly tipsy, Veronique snatches the keys to her white Fiat Uno and her best friend, Estelle, and takes off into the night. What ensues includes, but by no means is limited to, sex, death, hostile road driving, soft rock, homing pigeons, and international incidents of the most sinister class. And the next day, when they awaken from this bender of an evening, they find that the whole of France is looking for Veronique’s little white car.
Featuring a pair of heroines as ripe and camera-ready as contemporary America could hope for, The Little White Car is a buddy novel that would make Quentin Tarantino weep with gratitude. It will also be a must-read for foreign car mechanics everywhere.
Also available from Harcourt: Timoleon Vieta Come Home (0-15-602995-2).