Wildlives by Monique Proulx , Translated by David Homel and Fred A. Reed
Finalist for QWF Translation Prize in 2009
On the fringes of a small town in the Laurentians lives a community of misfits. There’s Lila, the landlady of the forest who shoulders a terrible guilt; the young, beautiful and carefree Violette, who bears deep childhood scars, and the boy Jeremy, who whispers his confessions to the frogs and ants in the forest. There’s Claire, who writes murder scenes, and Simon, who cares for his brother’s son while pining for various women. Each of Monique Proulx’s characters has come to this forgiving Eden to escape some private trauma; forced to interact through loneliness and proximity, they learn one another’s secrets, with stunning consequences.
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