This novel by Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Pascale Quiviger is about the bonds of friendship; the ties between mothers and daughters; the act of creation itself. It's a magical, intricately wrought work of art that reveals layer upon layer, nuance upon nuance.
On a sparkling spring day a young woman finds the house of her dreams, complete with a charming garden and windows overlooking the sea. She immediately decides to move in. At first she is happy in her solitude, but soon strange events start to occur. The young woman gradually realizes that her perfect house is mirroring back to her certain shocks and surprises from her past. Seeking to control the situation, she begins to create an imaginary set of woman friends to keep her company, each of them fully unique, each the expression of a deep desire to survive.
In this beautiful and moving novel, Pascale Quiviger gives us yet another perfectly realized and powerful tale.
Pascale Quiviger was born in Montreal and now divides her time between London, U.K., and Italy. Her first novel, The Perfect Circle, won the Governor General's Literary Award for French Fiction and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Lazer Lederhendler is a Montreal-based translator specializing in contemporary Québécois fiction and nonfiction. His work has earned him distinctions in Canada and abroad, including multiple nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award, which he won in 2008 for the translation of Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner. He is also the translator of Gaétan Soucy’s novel, The Immaculate Conception, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, and the winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Translation Prize. Ravenscrag, Lederhendler’s translation of a novel by Alain Farah, was published by Arachnide in April 2015.
Loose yourself in this story, you won't want to let it go.
Quiviger provides calmness at the end of both stories, a cleared space, an opening toward our own future.
Quiviger ties the different threads of the narrative together masterfully, while creating memorable characters both real and imagined. Five strong women are brought to life with poetic prose that is a pleasure to read.