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Helen with a Secret

by Michael Delisle, translated by Gail Scott

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These stories go through you like the winds of the city of Cleveland, Ohio, land of tornadoes and of Helen's secret. Delisle plunges his characters into the troubled waters of memory and sensuality, beset by childhood scars and the long shadows of difficult adolescence. Delisle writes at the very edge of battered sensibility, where literature recombines with life in writing that is like song.
Michael Delisle has published several collections of poetry, including Fontainebleu, winner of the Emile Nelligan Prize. He is the author of the novels Dée, Private Drama and The Sailor's Disquiet; and Helen with a Secret is his first collection of stories.
Gail Scott's translation of Michael Delisle's The Sailor's Disquiet was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for translation. My Paris, translator Gail Scott's sixth book and third novel, a fictive diary set in 90s Paris, authored by a sad diarist whose travel companions include Walter Benjamin and Gertrude Stein, was named one of the top 10 novels published in Canada in 1999 by Quill & Quire, Canada's book trade magazine.

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Michael Delisle has published several collections of poetry, including Fontainebleu, winner of the Emile Nelligan Prize. He is the author of the novels Dée, Private Drama, and The Sailor’s Disquiet. Helen with a Secret, translated by Gail Scott, is his first collection of stories.

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Gail Scott is the author of Spare Parts (1981), Heroine (1987, re-issued in 2019 with an introduction by Eileen Myles), Main Brides (1993), My Paris (1999), Spare Parts Plus Two (2002), and The Obituary (2010). Her essays are collected in Spaces Like Stairs (1989) and in La Théorie, un dimanche (1988) which was translated into English as Theory, A Sunday (2013). Scott is co-editor of the New Narrative anthology: Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (2004). Her translation of Michael Delisle's Le désarroi du matelot was shortlisted for a 2001 Governor General's Literary Award. A memoir, based in Lower Manhattan during the early Obama years, is forthcoming. Scott lives in Montréal.

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