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Fiction Contemporary Women

Little Beast

by (author) Julie Demers

translated by Rhonda Mullins

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2018
Category
Contemporary Women, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552453667
    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
    $17.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770565531
    Publish Date
    Apr 2018
    List Price
    $11.99

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Description

A little girl with a beard must find herself a home in this contemporary fairy tale. It's 1944, and a little village in rural Quebec sits quietly beside an aging mountain and an angry river. The air tastes of kelp, and the wind keeps knocking over the cross. Beside that river an eleven-year-old girl lives with her parents. Her mother is very sad, and her father has vanished because he can't bear to look at his own daughter. You see, this little girl has suddenly sprouted a full beard.

And so her mother has shut the curtains and locked the girl inside to keep her safe from the townspeople, the Boots, who think there's something wrong with a bearded little girl. And when they come for her, she escapes into the wintry night

Translated from the French, Little Beast turns the modern fairy tale on its bearded head.

About the authors

Julie Demers lives in Montreal. This is her first novel.

Julie Demers' profile page

Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. She received the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Twenty-One Cardinals, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Les héritiers de la mine. And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte’s Guyana and Hervé Fischer’s The Decline of the Hollywood Empire.

Rhonda Mullins' profile page

Editorial Reviews

A cryptic forest prayer, a tale of cruelty, the travelogue of a runaway, Little Beast weaves a remarkable tone with touches of raw naturalism, boreal surrealism, and dreamlike anthropomorphism. Demers's narration, with its classic childlike candor, contains a sort of brutality, revealing the hypocrisy of the adult world.' — Le Devoir

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