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Fiction Literary

Aphelia

by (author) Mikella Nicol

translated by Lesley Trites

Publisher
Vehicule Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Category
Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550655193
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $18.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781550655254
    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price
    $14.99

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Capturing the emblematic ennui of a brooding Montréalaise, a millennial novel by one of Quebec’s brightest young feminists.

Montreal is in the grips of one of its summer heat waves, when searing temperatures have a way of making its residents cast aside their better judgment. A young twenty-something works the night shift at a call center, her only company the disembodied voices of the customers who call in to complain. She spends her night off drinking with her friend Louis at “their” bar, while her successful boyfriend sleeps. His career allows her the pleasures of his spacious, modern condo, a new existence. She likes feeling undefined, still up for grabs, even as the middle-class trappings of her relationship threaten to shape her.

In the stifling humidity of such surroundings, her life is turned upside down when she grows obsessed with Mia, a beautiful woman she meets one night at the bar. Then there’s the woman who’s gone missing, whose face is constantly on screens across the city. How can she stem the drift away from her relationship, she worries, when her former lover B., who was both violent and magnetic, is always in her thoughts?

All these orbits are set to collide, as the heat wave shows no sign of breaking and emotions reach record highs.

About the authors

Mikella Nicol is the author of two novels, Les filles bleues de l'été and Aphelia. She lives in Montreal where she works as a librarian.

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Lesley Trites is the author of a collection of poetry, Echoic Mimic (Snare/Invisible 2011). Her fiction has recently appeared in carte blanche, The Tupelo Quarterly, and the anthology Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec, and her non-fiction has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Maisonneuve, the Montreal Review of Books, and The Montreal Gazette, among others. A finalist in the 2013 Quebec Writing Competition, Lesley grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and now lives in Montreal.

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