In this sparkling collection of stories, Nadine Bismuth treats us to a series of sharp, witty, but compassionate portraits of modern urban women torn between a desire for male companionship and the trials and tribulations of navigating couplehood in the real world. Not only Rebecca Leclerc, dissecting her now defunct relationship with an egocentric media star, but also Myriam, contending with her anxious dependence on a rich lover, Bénédicte and Rosalie, mulling over their status as singles in a Saturday night line-up for a trendy dance club, Caroline, with her acid, ironic, bemused take on her husband’s infidelity... and more. Bittersweet and hilarious, these tales confirm Bismuth as one of our most lively, entertaining, and intelligent observers of the contemporary social scene.
About the authors
NADINE BISMUTH’s debut story collection, Fidelity Doesn’t Make the News, won the Prix de l’Association des librairies du Québec and the Adrienne-Choquette Literary Prize. She is the author of two previous novels, Scrapbook and Are You Married to a Psychopath?, the latter of which was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. She has written for film and television, including En thérapie, the adaptation of the popular syndicated series In Therapy. Nadine Bismuth was born and lives in Montreal.
Donald Winkler was born in Winnipeg, graduated from the University of Manitoba, and did graduate study at the Yale School of Drama. From 1967 to 1995 he was a film director and writer at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, and since the 1980s, a translator of Quebec literature. In 1994, 2011, and 2013 he won the Governor General Award for French to English translation, and has been a finalist for the prize on three other occasions. His translation of Samuel Archibald's short story collection, "Arvida," was a finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.