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Heroine

by Gail Scott

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list price: $19.95
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published: Oct 2019
ISBN:9781552453919
publisher: Coach House Books
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In a bathtub in a rooming house in Montreal in 1980, a woman tries to imagine a new life for herself: a life after a passionate affair with a man while falling for a woman, a life that makes sense after her deep involvement in far left politics during the turbulent seventies of Quebec, a life whose form she knows can only be grasped as she speaks it. A new, revised edition of a seminal work of edgy, experimental feminism. With a foreword by Eileen Myles.

About the Author

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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Gail Scott is an experimental novelist from Montreal. The Obituary was a 2011 finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Montréal. Other works include My Paris and Main Brides. Spare Parts Plus 2 is a collection of stories and manifestoes, and her translation of Michael Delisle’s Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General’s award. Scott co-founded the critical French-language journal Spirale (Montréal).

Editorial Reviews

'Heroine is a daring, sensual, important book. It’s wild, sometimes raw, sexual, solitary. A literary gem. A feminist classic'.

— Melissa Bull, Maisonneuve

"The texture of Heroine — dense with the images, smells, and sounds of the city — is the texture of the world absorbed through all the pores of a woman's body."

— The Village Voice

'Heroine is more a work of reading than of writing, it is all studio, by which I mean it’s something fabulously risky and alive. It’s literature and the possibility of it.'

— Eileen Myles, The Paris Review

'The prose is photographically precise and masterfully cadenced, but its construction is so light and fluid that it almost resembles free association'.

— Lettres Québécoises

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