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The River of Dead Trees

translated by Nathalie Stephens, by Andrée A. Michaud

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publisher: Coach House Books
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Middle-aged and short on prospects, Charles Wilson returns to Trempes, the village of his childhood, and discovers the body of his childhood friend, Paul Faber, hanging from a tree in the clearing where they played as boys. Thus begins Wilson’s obsessive quest to exhume the secrets of his past and to understand the reasons for his friend’s death. But memories shift, people change and things are never as they seem. Soon Wilson finds himself caught up in a delusory spiral that threatens his very existence.

This is at once a neo-Gothic metaphysical thriller and a meticulous meditation on the unapologetic betrayal of memory and imagination. Wilson’s story bubbles up from the faults between mystery and fairy tale, brimming with characters haunted and tortured by the past, where truth and deception are wound up in time like the gnarled branches of old, grizzled trees.

Reviews of the French edition, Le Pendude Trempes:

‘This book will make readers experience moments of anxiety bordering on insanity.’

Radio-Canada

‘This is a fascinating book, and the experience of reading it is absolutely entrancing.’

Le Devoir

About the Authors
Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël) writes l'entre-genre in English and French and is the author of several books, including The Sorrow and the Fast of It, Carnet de désaccords, Paper City, Je Nathanaël and the essay of correspondence, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book). She lives in Chicago.
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ANDRÉE A. MICHAUD is one of the most beloved and celebrated writers in the French language. She is, among numerous accolades, a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, the Prix Ringuet, and France’s Prix SNCF du Polar. Her novel Boundary was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been published in seven territories. Back Roads is Michaud’s eleventh novel and the third to be published in English. She was born in Saint-Sébastien-de-Frontenac and continues to live in the province of Quebec.

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Nathalie Stephens writes l’entre-genre in English and French. Her most recent works include L’Injure, Paper City and Je Nathanaël, which was also released in English self-translation (BookThug, 2006). L’Injure was a finalist for the 2005 Prix Alain-Grandbois and le Prix Trillium; the fiction Underground was a finalist in 2000 for the Grand Prix du Salon du livre de Toronto. Stephens is the recipient ofa 2002 Chalmers Arts Fellowship. She currently teaches in the MFAW program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Since La Femme de Sath, a book acclaimed by critics in Quebec, Andrée A. Michaud has built a distinguished oeuvre. Her fifth novel, Le Ravissement, won a Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2001 and was nominated for several other prizes, as was Le Pendu de Trempes. Her eighth novel was published to great acclaim in October 2006 by Ã?ditions Québec Amérique.

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