“Quebec lit is autofiction, and it’s fantastical imaginings à la Sylvain Neuvel or Paige Cooper. It’s slender volumes of taut prose and big sprawling historical novels. It’s two solitudes and it’s a beautiful cacophony of languages. It probably has snow.”
In the frozen lands of the north, Maud Watt is still known as the “Angel of Hudson Bay.”
It seems reductive, it seems too obvious to mention, but Suzanne is on the BTBA longlist because it’s beautifully written.
This year, we begin a new tradition and ask a handful of English-language publishers to look back at 2017, focusing as ever on Quebec fiction.
This exquisite novel is a tribute to beauty, to creation, to life itself. Vulnerable and magnificent and heartfelt, all at once. *Winner of the 2016 Prix des libraires award from the booksellers of Quebec*