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Mama's Boy Game Over

by (author) David Goudreault

translated by J.C. Sutcliffe

Book*hug Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Crime, Family Life, Psychological
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At the end of this story I'm going to kill myself. And then die. That's the way it is. All good things must come to an end, including me.

Mama's Boy Game Over is the third and final book in David Goudreault's bleakly comic bestselling Mama's Boy trilogy. Mama's Boy has been transferred from prison to a psychiatric hospital. He manages to escape, and goes on the run in Montreal, hiding in plain sight.

In his short but eventful life, Mama's Boy has already managed to achieve most of his ambitions: fame, fatherhood and friendship, at least in his own rather skewed perspective. But one goal remains: tracking down and reuniting with his estranged mother. By turns poignant and deeply uncomfortable, Mama's Boy's final journey is a wild, desperate bid for freedom, love, and family.

In its brevity and persistence, This Radiant Life is a material call for action: it asks us to let go, even just a little bit, of our individuality in favour of mutuality, to arrive separately yet in unison at a radiance in which all living beings can thrive.

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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Editorial Reviews

Praise forDavid Goudreault:

"David Goudreault will captivate you from the first line!" —Kim Thuy, author of Vi and Ru

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