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Fiction Black Humor

The Laws of the Skies

by (author) Gregoire Courtois

translated by Rhonda Mullins

Publisher
Coach House Books
Initial publish date
May 2019
Category
Black Humor, Literary, Horror
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552453872
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770565951
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781770567016
    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price
    $25.95

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Description

Winnie-the-Pooh meets The Blair Witch Project in this very grown-up tale of a camping trip gone horribly awry.

Twelve six-year-olds and their three adult chaperones head into the woods on a camping trip. None of them make it out alive. The Laws of the Skies tells the harrowing story of those days in the woods, of illness and accidents, and a murderous child.

Part fairy tale, part horror film, this macabre fable takes us through the minds of all the members of this doomed party, murderers and murdered alike.

“Excellent...crystalline." —New York Times, Summer Reads

About the authors

Grégoire Courtois lives and works in Burgundy, where he runs the independent bookstore Obliques, which he bought in 2011. A novelist and playwright, he has published three novels with Le Quartanier: Révolution (2011), Suréquipée (2015), and Les lois du ciel (2016). In 2013 he founded Caractères, an international book festival in Auxerre, which he continues to run. 

Gregoire Courtois' profile page

Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. She received the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Twenty-One Cardinals, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Les héritiers de la mine. And the Birds Rained Down, her translation of Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte’s Guyana and Hervé Fischer’s The Decline of the Hollywood Empire.

Rhonda Mullins' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"That is what Courtois aims to do — shock and destabilize — and that is what he does in this slim novel about a children’s camping trip gone horribly wrong." —New York Times, Summer Reads

"Unflinching in its savagery, the nightmarish poetry of this modern Lord of the Flies is undeniable." Publishers Weekly

"The Law of the Skies is not an easy book to digest, and I’m sure it won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but I found it exhilarating to read a novel that’s this unflinching, this nihilistic, and also this deeply profound." —Locus Magazine

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