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Fiction Coming Of Age

Mama's Boy

by (author) David Goudreault

translated by J.C. Sutcliffe

Book*hug Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2018
Coming of Age, Literary, Family Life
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Winner of the 2016 Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault

Written with gritty humour in the form of a confession, Mama's Boy recounts the family drama of a young man who sets out in search of his mother after a childhood spent shuffling from one foster home to another. A bizarre character with a skewed view of the world, he leads the reader on a quest that is both tender and violent.

A runaway bestseller among French readers, Mama's Boy is the first book in a trilogy that took Quebec by storm, winning the 2016 Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault, and selling more than twenty thousand copies. Now, thanks to translator JC Sutcliffe, English readers will have the opportunity to absorb this darkly funny and disturbing novel from one of Quebec's shining literary stars.

About the authors

David Goudreault is a Quebecois novelist, poetry, columnist and social worker. He has published three novels with Stanké, including La Bête à sa mère (Mama's Boy, Book*hug Press, 2018); La Bête et sa cage, (Mama's Boy Behind Bars, Book*hug Press, 2019); and Abattre la bête (forthcoming in English from Book*hug Press in 2020). He has also published three poetry collections with Écrits des Forges. He was the first person from Quebec to win the Poetry World Cup in Paris (2011), and he has also received many other awards, including the Medaille de l'Assemblée Nationale (2012), the Prix des Nouvelles Voix de la Littérature (2016), the Prix de la ville de Sherbrooke (2016), the Grand Prix Littéraire Archambault (2016) the Prix Lèvres Urbains (2017). His work has been published internationally in France and Mexico. Goudreault lives in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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J. C. SUTCLIFFE is a translator, writer, and editor. Her translation of Back Roads by Andrée A. Michaud was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her other translations include Mama’s Boy and Mama’s Boy Behind Bars by David Goudreault, Document 1 by François Blais, and Worst Case, We Get Married by Sophie Bienvenu. She has written for the Globe and Mail, the Times Literary Supplement, and the National Post, among others. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.


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  • Winner, Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault

Editorial Reviews

"Everyone must read this novel by David Goudreault. He is a slammer, a poet, and now an incredible novelist." --Kim Thuy

"A tour de force first novel: percussive, with vivid imagery, chiselled and rhythmic, a novel one will not easily forget." --Huffington Post

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