Finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Awards: La dévoration des fées by Catherine Lalonde (French Language Category)
Winner of the 2018 Prix Alain-Grandbois de l'Academie des lettres due Quebec
Finalist for the 2018 Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal
A modern-day fable and feminist bildungsroman, The Faerie Devouring tells the story of the sprite, her absent mother (who dies in childbirth), and a brood of fatherless boys all raised by Gramma, a stalwart matriarch and wicked faerie godmother. From her rural childhood with its crudeness and toil to an urban rebellion with its glittering pleasures, the sprite struggles with and ultimately overcomes the burden of genealogy. A literary spell cast by the daring and critically-acclaimed Quebecoise author Catherine Lalonde and reimagined by the award-winning poet and translator Oana Avasilichioaei, this feral incantation comes alive through disenchantment, desire, phantasmagoria, defiant imagination, and unruly language.
Praise for The Faerie Devouring:
"I hate to advise you but all us girls started out as a snot and a wiggle wrapped in a blanket to keep us still, and The Faerie Devouring is every gal's story. Maybe it's our way of yammering the words that Kafka's penal officer has etched on his own back: Be Just. Except unlike Kafka, Catherine Lalonde doesn't make us die, she makes us live as sprites and sisters and grammas and dead moms, and in her turned tables, the penal colony is the human family in its stink and whine and scream and will to life. I too grew up in the 1960s! Vache de vacherie! So wipe my nose with a stick. Hein?" —Erín Moure