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8:17 pm, rue Darling
Bernard Émond, John Gilmore
2014
Gérard is an alcoholic and former crime reporter, gone back to live in the impoverished Montreal neighbourhood where he grew up. One night, his shoelace comes undone, delaying his return home and saving his life when his apartment building mysteriously blows up. Six of his neighbours are dead, others are...
A Beach in Maine
Suzanne Jacob, Susanna Finnell
1990
In this lyrical novella, reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Suzanne Jacob describes the poignant sojourn of twins on a Maine beach. Mourning the death of their mother, they confront their present by juxtaposing it with their past together.
A Boy at the Edge of the World
David K. Yeh
2018
Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose...
A Bridge of Leaves
Diana Cavallo
1997
Marking the passage from childhood and adolescence to the adult world, this work describes the fragile extension of the self to others. It recounts the quandaries of friendship, love, death and madness, introducing David, his family and friends and his love, Laura, all fragile bridges to himself.
A Father's Revenge
Pan Bouyoucas, George Tombs, Daniel Sloate
2001
A Father's Revenge is a disturbing and finely-wrought crime novel. The author takes us on the painful journey of a father in search of justice and the Quebecois detective investigating the incident. It is the fourth novel by Pan Bouyoucas.
A Hard Gold Thread
Catherine Black
2011
In this, her second book, Catherine Black weaves together the wonder, heartache, and "unlovely beauty"of a youth that is by turns charmed and disquieting. Straddling genres of memoir, prose, and poetry, A Hard Gold Thread delights in the layering of keenly observed moments, in the subtle play of remembering and...
À la hauteur de Grand Central Station je me suis assise et j'ai pleuré
Elizabeth Smart, Brigid Brophy, Hélène Filion
1993
By Grand Central Station est l'une des oeuvres les plus dénudées, les plus écorchées vives qui aient jamais été écrites. C'est un cri de totale vulnérabilité. Le fait de la voir dans la légende du satyre écorché vif rejoint sa propre imagerie puisqu'un satyre, fusion de deux créatures, est lui.
A Mystery in Naples
Ermanno Rea, Thomas Simpson
2004
In trying to uncover why Francesca Nobili killed herself, this mystery novel searches the politically charged world of 1950s Naples, Italy. In it we find corrupt politicians, opportunistic bureaucrats, and activists tortured by their memories of when Naples lay on the front line of the Cold War. The author's own...
A Tale of Beauty
Patrick Balzamo
2013
A Tale of Beauty is the story of five young women who have banded together as the Ugly Sisterhood. Chastity, a devout Catholic, has made a mission of saving her brother from a dissolute lifestyle. Diana is isolated by her own impossible standards. Sue, once hurt by a man, has...
Accademia
Giose Rimanelli
1997
After the fascinating liquid novel, Benedetta in Guysterland (Guernica, 1993), which won the American Book Award in 1994, Giose Rimanelli now presents us a new novel about academic life. Accademia deals with the day-by-day angst in a major American university. Stories of love relationships among nymphets, wives and student lovers...
Amazon Angel
Yolande Villemaire, Gérald Leblanc
1993
First published in 1982, Amazon Angel describes a journey into the realm of colour. Inspired by the spirit of the islands of Hawaii where rainbows are a daily occurrence, the narrator navigates from red to violet and back, time-travelling through the lives of women and men of the past and...
Amor, Amor
Christine Cormier
1992
Dix-huit ans, retour dans sa famille, sur la Côte-Nord, le temps des vacances. Entre le mutisme et la tentation du mimétisme, une jeune fille, un désir, cherche à se dire.
Angelina's Lips
Giuseppe Conte, Robert Buranello
2011
To be Hitchcockian about it, the story deals with the relationship between Umber, a professor of comparative literature, and a Dr. Jamshid Kloster, an experimental physicist whom Umber meets on a Laguna Beach bench as Diane Keaton, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, strolls by. Apparently, Conte wasn't as oblivious...
Astoria
Robert Viscusi
2003
An experiment in what the author terms "speculative history," this novel tracks the movements of a man haunted by the spirit of his deceased mother and dogged by the notion that Astoria - the Italian neighborhood in Queens where his mother grew up in the 1920s - is the true...
Bellecour
John Calabro
2005
Bellecour is about a man's metaphysical return to a series of enigmatic sexual moments that occurred when he was nine years old in the Paris of 1963. This journey blurs the physical lines between present and past, between Toronto and Paris, and ultimately between sexual awakening and sexual abuse.
Benedetta in Guysterland
Giose Rimanelli
1993
Incorporating America's obsessive fascination with the 'mafia', sex and violence, Benedetta in Guysterland tells the story of America's relationship with Italy and debunks the traditional stereotype of the Italian/American gangster. The story told here is about change and the breaking away from roots that happens to all cultural border crossers.
Broke City
Jacques Renaud, David Homel
1984
Jacques Renaud's Le casse, translated here as Broke City, is, if nothing else, an important work in Quebecois literary history, as it was one of the first and certainly the most scandalous novel to have been written in "joual". It's not just a novel about a bunch of low-lifes scamming...
Cadillac Road
Kristin Andrychuk
2017
With its starting point in the late 1940s, Cadillac Road is the story of red-haired and fierce narrator Sharon Desjardins: from her earliest childhood memories of leaving Northern Quebec and a violent father to adventures in Buffalo and Crystal Beach with her mother and younger sister, Gloria; from dreams of...
Caminos
Scott Walker
2018
Caminos tells the story of Mercedes González Conde and her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson. Each of them live and love, cope with and compound their inner troubles as issues of abandonment, attachment, identity and rootlessness circle around and through them. The novel is set in the northwest Spanish province of...
Claiming Kin
Laura Marello
2009
Set in Santa Cruz, California; San Remo, Italy; Paris, France; and a fictional town called Pottersville, North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s, Claiming Kin tells the story of two intertwined families and their battles and conflicts over kinship.
Comment dire
Marie-Claire Corbeil
1990
Elle est assise là. S'est enfin assise là. Toute pliée, repliée, toute vidée, elle s'est assise là. Contre la porte. Toute contre la porte. Elle sent le froid sous la porte, ne voit que la ligne du froid sous la porte, la petite ligne de lumière qui s'allume et s'éteint....
Conversation with Johnny
Anthony Valerio
1997
The narrator, Anthony, is desperately in love with a young, sexy, married woman. He believes he can win his lady through the ardor and purity of his love. When he imagines she is being threatened, he postures as a gangster, going to her house dressed up with a black Stetson,...
Dark Man
Roberto Pace, Pasquale Verdicchio
2006
The appearance of Dark Man cannot be an event without consequence. Once come into this world, he will entice you with candy, seep into your skin, and savour your blissful ignorance of his purpose. Roberto Pace delights us with this story of a wild pursuit, set in an imaginary Central...
David and the Daydreams
Barry Dempster
1985
A children's story featuring David and the alternate world of his dreaming.
Doubly Suspect
Madeleine Monette, Luise von Flotow
2000
A novel about seduction, which borrows from the detective genre and the psychological novel, offers a modern and original take on the Double.
Everything I Own
Raymond Beauchemin
2011
Songwriter Michel Laflamme is stuck in traffic on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge. While waiting for police to try to talk down a potential suicide, Michel turns on the radio and hears his wife, Bijou, founding member of Beaupré, the seminal Quebec folk-rock group. The music takes Michel across a 30-year...
Exterminated Angel
Gérald Godin, Judith Cowan
1992
Gérald Godin gives us an astonishing first novel written in the tradition of the American thriller with a journalist whom Humphrey Bogart would have liked to have played as the protagonist.
Fabio
Camillo Carli, Maurizia Binda
1991
Chronicling the conflicts and misunderstandings between a father and his son as Italian immigrants in Montreal.
Fabrizio's Passion
Antonio D'Alfonso
1995
Fabrizio's Passion is the author's English-language version of his French-language novel, Avril ou l'anti-passion. This baroque novel, divided into twenty-five chapters, explores the different facets of an Italian family living in North America. It is through the technique of a multi-voiced narrative that the readers are permitted to see what...
Farida
Naïm Kattan, Norman Cornett, Antonio D'Alfonso
2015
In this classic love story featuring passion, jealousy and murder, and set in pre-World War II Iraq, Farida, a Jewish woman and cabaret singer, struggles for survival and her freedom in a world on the edge of upheaval and on which falls the dark shadow of war.
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