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ANDREW IS MORE HANDSOME THAN YOU (working title)

Arnaud Cathrine
The Anonymous Project

  • Original Title: ANDREW EST PLUS BEAU QUE TOI
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Publisher: FLAMMARION
  • Country: FR
  • 180 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Dysfunctional family, Childhood, Filiation, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Homophobia, War and other conflicts, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

In this brief novel, Arnaud Cathrine has imagined - based on real, anonymous pictures - the story of two brothers who were also the best of friends: Andrew and Ryan, from the moment their parents met until later in life, faced with American society and the American family, from the 1940s to the 1970s, from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Comments

The Anonymous Project is an art project based in Paris and dedicated to anonymous slide photographs. One of the largest collections in the world (it holds more than 700,000 images), the Anonymous Project has already received wide-ranging media coverage in France and abroad. The project’s premise: to highlight, and salvage from potential oblivion, a wide and anonymous piece of our collective memory. All of these amateur photographs make up a kaleidoscopic diary of one particular era and society.

Arnaud Cathrine is a French writer, ex-producer and journalist for France Culture. His short story PAS EXACTEMENT L'AMOUR won the Prix de la Nouvelle de l'Académie Française. He adapted his novel LA ROUTE DE MIDLAND into a film with Éric Caravaca, under the name Le Passager, as well as his book JE NE RETROUVE PERSONNE, broadcast on Arte under the title Neuf jours en hiver.

Summary

In this brief novel, Arnaud Cathrine has imagined the story of two brothers who were also the best of friends: Andrew and Ryan, from the moment their parents met until later in life, faced with American society and the American family, from the 1940s to the 1970s, from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The photographs used are obviously American. Written in the first person, Arnaud Cathrine imagines a family, the parents meet just before the war, she is 19, the man enrols in the army. He leaves without knowing that his girlfriend is pregnant. When he comes back in 1945 he is a traumatised man. Her parents force them to marry. He is happy to discover he has a son, Ryan. They will have a second son called Andrew. The texts are written by either Ryan or Andrew. Andrew is gay. Something his father will never accept.

It is a poignant story, with a real narrative of a typical American family of the last century.

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  • Author’s biography

    Arnaud Cathrine is a French writer, ex-producer and journalist for France Culture. His short story PAS EXACTEMENT L'AMOUR won the Prix de la Nouvelle de l'Académie Française. He adapted his novel LA ROUTE DE MIDLAND into a film with Éric Caravaca, under the name Le Passager, as well as his book JE NE RETROUVE PERSONNE, broadcast on Arte under the title Neuf jours en hiver.

    The Anonymous Project is an art project based in Paris and dedicated to anonymous slide photographs. One of the largest collections in the world (it holds more than 700,000 images), the Anonymous Project has already received wide-ranging media coverage in France and abroad. The project’s premise: to highlight, and salvage from potential oblivion, a wide and anonymous piece of our collective memory. All of these amateur photographs make up a kaleidoscopic diary of one particular era and society.