It is October, 1980, the 10th anniversary of the October Crisis. In a bathtub in a rooming house near the city’s heart, Montreal’s “Main”, a woman is trying to negotiate her personal passage from Quebec’s politically turbulent 70s to the threatening bleakness of the 80s. She is negotiating other passages, too: from a passionate “open” love affair with a male left leader, and from deep involvement in far left politics, to a new way of life and living whose form she knows can only be grasped as she speaks it.
Gail Scott’s fiction and criticism have appeared in several journals. She is the author of two novels: Main Brides (1993) and Heroine (1987); Spare Parts, a collection of short stories; and Spaces Like Stairs, a collection of essays. Most recently, she translated Lise Tremblay’s Mile End (La danse juive, Lemeac, 1999). She lives in Montréal.
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