Nicolas Mathieu was born in Epinal, France, in 1978. His
first novel, Aux animaux la guerre, was published in 2014
and adapted for television by Alain Tasma in 2018. He received the
Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, in 2018
for his second novel, And Their Children After Them. He
lives in Nancy.
William Rodarmor is a former journalist who has translated some forty-five books and screenplays in genres from literary fiction to espionage and fantasy. In 2017 he won the Northern California Book Award for fiction translation for The Slow Waltz of Turtles by Katherine Pancol. He lives in Berkeley, California.
"A portrait of teenagers growing up in a forgotten, hopeless region
of France in the 1990s...Mathieu's book has been acclaimed in
France for shining a light on a forgotten part of the country...[he
has] received domestic acclaim and international attention for
writing about working-class youth." --New York Times "Mathieu's
stunning, bittersweet Prix Goncourt-winning English debut...will
enrapture readers and appeal to fans of Edouard Louis."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Mathieu captures the
vulnerability and awkwardness of adolescence with painful
acuity...A gritty, expansive coming-of-age novel filled with sex
and violence that manages to be tender, even wryly hopeful."
"As anguished as it is elegiac, as universal as it is grounded in the vivid particularities of its setting--1990s Rust Belt France--And Their Children After Them evokes the beautiful, miserable, longing-plagued experience of being an adolescent as pointedly and powerfully as any novel published since The Virgin Suicides." --Adam Levin, author of Bubblegum and The Instructions "This is an important book, whose characters stay with us long after the last pages have been turned...it gives us the keys to better understand the extent of the current rejection of our political and economic elites." --Liberation "Sensitive and apt. A magnificent chronicle." --Le Monde des livres "By focusing on the margins of society, Nicolas Mathieu sees what the tinkerers of comforting literature miss." --Le Figaro "A great novel. At once genuine, profound, and beautiful." --Le Canard Enchaine