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Apocalyse For Beginners by Nicolas Dickner , Translated by Lazer Lederhendler

Winner of QWF Translation Prize in 2011


A sweet, smart and occasionally surreal romantic comedy, featuring two young friends who could become lovers — if only one of them hadn’t convinced herself that the end of the world is nigh. The Randall family was always a little strange. For generations, each member receives a prophetic vision of the apocalypse — but always on a different date. When the End of Days fails to materialize, yet another Randall goes mad.
In the summer of 1989, Hope Randall’s mother, in an attempt to forestall the latest imminent apocalypse, loads up the Lada and heads west from Yarmouth. After their car dies in Rivière-du-Loup, the mother and daughter put down roots, as yet another day of reckoning comes and goes.

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A surreal romantic comedy


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Vintage Canada