One of Ringwald's six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Elementary Particles by Michel HouellebecqRead about another book on the list.
I was living in France when this polemical novel was published. Houellebecq's story of two half-brothers raised apart incited defenders and detractors in every French home. It was fascinating to watch a work of literature virtually divide a nation: Houellebecq was either the greatest French novelist since Balzac or a pornographer and a nihilist. While I don't agree with every opinion he expresses, I admire his audacious and unflinching voice.
Nina MacLaughlin called Michel Houellebecq one of writing’s top ten filthiest pervert geniuses.