This is a fearlessly feminist roadtrip novel, packed with atmosphere and romance. Valentine, the troubled daughter of a well-off but dysfunctional Parisian family, vanishes on her way to school. Inexperienced private detective Lucie Toledo is hired to find the missing teenager, and enlists the help of a formidable agent with a past, known to her friends as the Hyena. Their quest, from Paris to Barcelona and back, uncovers a rich cast of characters whose paths have crossed Valentine's, leading to an alarming climax. Part political thriller, part road-movie, part romance, the latest novel by subversive writer and film-maker Virginie Despentes won the Prix Renaudot 2010 for the pitiless gaze it directs at society in the age of the internet.
Winner of Prix Renaudot 2010.
"'A gloriously fearless writer' (TLS) 'Despentes argues compellingly about women's guilt, men's power and the way that both are still abused three decades after the supposed triumph of feminism.' (Independent on Sunday) 'A breath of fresh air, this vehement affirmation of liberty, this cry of a woman for women' (Le Monde)"
Virginie Despentes was born in Paris in 1969, and now lives in Barcelona. Her previous books include Les Jolie Choses, Teen Spirit, Bye Bye Blondie and King Kong Theory. She co-directed a screen adaptation of her controversial novel, Baise-Moi in 2002.