The Future Future by Adam Thirlwell
It's the eighteenth-century and Celine is in trouble.
'Unlike anything else you'll read this (or any other) year' SALMAN RUSHDIE
'A radically beautiful new novel' SHEILA HETI
'A book filled with imaginative leaps, brave decisions and tiny details that give delight' COLM TOIBIN
'Sharp and witty and burningly original: a book that feels joyfully new' KATHERINE RUNDELL
Paris, 1775: Celine's husband is mostly absent. Her parents are elsewhere. And meanwhile men are inventing stories about her - about her affairs, her sexuality, her orgies and addictions.
All these stories are lies, but the public loves them - spreading them like a virus. Celine can only watch as her name becomes a symbol for everything rotten in this society ruled by men high on colonial genocide, natural destruction, and crimes against women. To survive, Celine and her friends must band together in search of justice, truth and beauty.
Fantastical, funny and blindingly bright, The Future Future follows one woman on an urgently contemporary quest to clear her name and change the world.