It seems reductive, it seems too obvious to mention, but Suzanne is on the BTBA longlist because it’s beautifully written.
Coach House Books
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.
“We lived in the most wonderful anarchy, and I loved that house. The doors slammed, the stairs trembled, the walls shook, life stamped its feet with impatience.”
Translation by Rhonda Mullins
“As the story unfolds, we are given different versions of the same events, in different lights and at slightly different angles.”
“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.”