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Hiroshimoi

Hiroshimoi

“She falls asleep with you, at night. Sees your morning waffle. Smells your fresh-out-of-the-shower scent and knows how water beads on your skin just before you wrap yourself up in a towel.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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En rampant

En rampant

While David Clerson’s first novel, Brothers, was sweeping, allegorical, and pull-no-punches dark, En rampant is anchored in the real, paranoid, present, albeit with a significant dash of magical realism

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Katia Grubisic
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Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Tis the Season to Be Jolly

“Tis the season when taking stock makes you feel stuck in a corner, like you’ve had your bell rung. Tis the season when taking stock makes you smile like you’re in a toothpaste ad…”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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You Are Happy

You Are Happy

“There’s no one here to stop me from doing what I’m about to do
No girl who said ‘I love you’ this morning”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Leanna Brodie
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Baloney

Baloney

“He dreamed of monsters coming over the horizon, straddling mountaintops the way you pull yourself out of a pool, arms first, then a leg. Perched there like vultures, they looked out in his direction.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Pablo Strauss
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Hungary-Hollywood Express

Hungary-Hollywood Express

“I saw Trinity Church. I saw the Woolworth Building. I saw St. Paul’s Chapel. I walked along Broadway. I saw the Stock Exchange. I saw City Hall. I saw thousands of stores open all night. I crossed twenty red lights and fourteen green lights.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Dimitri Nasrallah
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Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing

Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing

Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing is an essay on the expression of the self followed by a series of very short plays. Here are two of them.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Benjamin Hedley
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Le Discours sur la tombe de l’idiot

Le Discours sur la tombe de l’idiot

“His idiot eyes saw nothing. He was looking at him, the mayor seated on the bench, but without really seeing him. His mouth remained half-open, sluggish, as if the lower lip were too heavy. As if someone had emptied out his brain through the nostrils, with a straw.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Jacob Siefring
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Life in the Court of Matane

Life in the Court of Matane

“It was there, just at the bottom of the eighth beer, that we would start to lose him. He would begin to lift up off the ground, rising ever higher, ever further, until we needed a telescope to watch him ascend into the sky.”

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Peter McCambridge
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Pugnacious and Flamboyant

Pugnacious and Flamboyant

In Faire l’amour, Anne-Marie Olivier talks frankly and funnily about sex, with each of the play’s scenes based on a true story.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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Pour réussir un poulet

Pour réussir un poulet

Fabien Cloutier won a first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2015 with Pour réussir un poulet, a raw and cruel portrait of the exploitation of human misery.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Marie-Claude Plourde
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Betsi Larousse

Betsi Larousse

Filled with dramatic flair and brilliantly told, Betsi Larousse is a story drawn in shades of madness and humour.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Jean-Paul Murray
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Sneak Peek: The Goddess of Fireflies

Sneak Peek: The Goddess of Fireflies

An excerpt from The Goddess of Fireflies before it is published later this month.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Translation by Neil Smith
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A Beckoning War

A Beckoning War

“In the roomy cinderblock barn now serving as his headquarters, he ticks down the minutes till the attack, cigarette by cigarette, the burning fuse of time. Twenty minutes. Ten minutes. Soldiers come and go.”

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A Close Call for Christmas

A Close Call for Christmas

This witty and beautifully illustrated children’s story is guaranteed to brighten your Holiday season.

PETINF14-QuebecReads-Favicon-32x32Review by Peter McCambridge
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Cycling to Asylum

Cycling to Asylum

“What did he say?
“He said something about how I should leave now unless I planned to stay forever.”
“So you stayed.”

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I Hate Hockey

I Hate Hockey

“I hate hockey!” is the first and last sentence in this novel that offers a new take on Canada’s love-hate relationship with hockey. Narrator Antoine Vachon blames the game for killing his marriage with his beautiful ex-wife (well, that and the power outage that brought her home unexpectedly to find him in bed with her intern). But hockey is a pretext for unlikely adventure in this sardonic roman noir that at times flirts with the outrageous.

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Serafim and Claire

Serafim and Claire

“He followed Claire into the club, keeping close as they walked deeper into the bare-bulbed electric light, where sweat, smoke, alcohol, and perfume washed over them in a raucous wave that almost knocked Serafim back. The music was more ardent and raw than in the other clubs, with newly arrived musicians pulling bronze trumpets and saxophones out of cases lined with purple velvet and shouldering their way closer to the stage. To Serafim, it was bedlam. Claire, on the other hand, fed on the chaos.”

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A Second Chance

A Second Chance

A Second Chance by Felicia Mihali tells the story of a Romanian couple in the impressively multicultural city of Laval. It’s spring 2012 and Adam is recovering from a stroke. His right arm has been left paralyzed and his memories are almost completely gone. Daily life with his wife is both deathly dull (trips to Costco and the mall) and full of fear (he’s too afraid to answer the phone, scared that people will speak to him in the language he has now forgotten).

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New Tab

New Tab

“Best way to describe my relationship with my hair would be ‘Hostage situation.’”

New Tab is a touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation.

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