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The Green Chamber

by Martine Desjardins, translated by David Homel & Fred A. Reed

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Once a modest farmer, the patriarch of the Delorme family has made a killing when he sold his land to a railway company. Following in his footsteps, his son Louis-Dollard has built a luxurious apartment building in the center of town and is now a wealthy landlord. At his father’s death, he robs his brother of his inheritance in order to build a house designed like a bank, with brass-grilled counters and an underground vault hidden behind the furnace. The vault’s ceiling is covered with a mosaic of verdigris pennies, and its walls are painted with the same green ink as dollar bills. Louis-Dollard, his miserly wife Estelle and his three spinster sisters love money so much that they literally revere it, with the Green Chamber serving as their place of worship. They have elevated domestic penny-pinching to an art form. And they intend for their heir, Vincent, to make a highly profitable marriage. The arrival, in the neighborhood, of a rich young woman, Penny Sterling, makes them even greedier. They pull all stops to seduce her into joining the family. But Vincent will have none of it, nor will Penny. Together, they conspire to set fire to the Green Chamber – and bring the family down.

About the Authors

Martine Desjardins
Born in the town of Mount Royal in Quebec, Martine Desjardins worked as an assistant editor-in-chief at ELLE Québec magazine for four years before leaving to devote herself to writing. Presently she works as a freelance rewriter, translator and journalist for L’actualité, an award-winning French-language current affairs magazine in Canada. Her first novel, Le cercle de Clara was published by Leméac in 1997, and was nominated for both the Prix littéraires du Québec and the Grand prix des lectrices Elle Québec in 1998. It has been published by Talonbooks in English as Fairy Ring.

Fred A. Reed
International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic 30 times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir. Reed is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for translation.

David Homel
Award-winning author and literary translator David Homel also works as a journalist, editor and screenwriter. He was born in Chicago in 1952 but left at the end of the tumultuous 1960s and continued his education in Europe and Toronto before settling in Montreal in about 1980. He worked at a variety of industrial jobs before beginning to write fiction in the mid-1980s. His six novels to date have been translated into several languages and published around the world.
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Martine Desjardins
Born in the town of Mount Royal in Quebec, Martine Desjardins worked as an assistant editor-in-chief at ELLE Québec magazine for four years before leaving to devote herself to writing. Presently she works as a freelance rewriter, translator and journalist for L’actualité, an award-winning French-language current affairs magazine in Canada. Her first novel, Le cercle de Clara was published by Leméac in 1997, and was nominated for both the Prix littéraires du Québec and the Grand prix des lectrices Elle Québec in 1998. It has been published by Talonbooks in English as Fairy Ring.

Fred A. Reed
International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic 30 times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir. Reed is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for translation.

David Homel
Award-winning author and literary translator David Homel also works as a journalist, editor and screenwriter. He was born in Chicago in 1952 but left at the end of the tumultuous 1960s and continued his education in Europe and Toronto before settling in Montreal in about 1980. He worked at a variety of industrial jobs before beginning to write fiction in the mid-1980s. His six novels to date have been translated into several languages and published around the world.
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Fred A. Reed
International journalist and award-winning literary translator Fred A. Reed is also a respected specialist on politics and religion in the Middle East. After several years as a librarian and trade union activist at the Montreal Gazette, Reed began reporting from Islamic Iran in 1984, visiting the Islamic Republic 30 times since then. He has also reported extensively on Middle Eastern affairs for La Presse, CBC Radio-Canada and Le Devoir. Reed is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for translation.
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Contributor Notes

Martine Desjardins was born in the town of Mount Royal, Quebec, in 1957. The second child of six, she started writing short stories when she was seventeen. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Italian studies at the University of Montreal, she went on to complete a master’s degree in comparative literature, exploring humour in Dostoevsky’s The Devils. She worked as an assistant editor-in-chief at ELLE Québec magazine and, for ten years, was book reviewer for L’actualité, an award-winning French-language current affairs magazine in Canada. Her first novel, Le cercle de Clara, was nominated for the Prix littéraires du Québec in 1998. She was awarded the Prix Ringuet for L’évocation in 2006, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic for Maleficium in 2013. She received the Prix Jacques-Brossard de la science-fiction et du fantastique for Maleficium in 2010, and again for La chambre verte in 2017. Desjardins currently lives in the town of Mount Royal with her fox-terrier Winnie.

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