“It’s the first words, the opening lines that grab my attention. They have to land, leave their mark.”
“I would have to admit that two words come to mind: schizophrenic and melancholic. Surely not very positive terms, but then good literature is seldom about sanity and happiness, right?”
Leroux’s book is an ambitious exploration of our “plural, incalculable world.” This translation mostly does it justice.
“In the name of the Dollar, and of the Cent, and of the Holy Economy.” Amen. Martine Desjardin’s La Chambre verte is a delightfully dark and unsettling account of a jealously guarded fortune.
A beautiful short story by Catherine Leroux from the collection Madame Victoria.
“Quirky details and curiosities abound in this Governor General’s Award-winning novel on the most unpromising of subjects: the world of shipping containers. Packed full of delicious facts and asides, it rewards close reading and, most importantly, entertains from start to finish.”