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The Third Letter

A Novel

by (author) Michèle Marineau

translated by Susan Ourious

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
May 2013
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    May 2013
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Montreal actor Agathe O’Reilly is the recipient of anonymous letters that have become increasingly threatening and worrisome, with their references to betrayal, punishment, and revenge. Have they to do with the traumatic events that marked her childhood in western Quebec, events she has kept secret until now?


When threats turn to violence and a first victimis claimed, Agathe is at a loss as to where she should turn: To her loyal but meddling best friend? To her possessive lover, a married man and a star on Quebec’s theatre scene? To a helpful neighbour who harbours some secrets of his own? To the police? Or to her family, with whom she has had no contact for years? Just how far will the letter-writer go to exact revenge?

The Third Letter, by two time Governor General’s Award-winning writer Michèle Marineau, is a love story wrapped in a mystery novel, brimming with suspense and soul.

About the authors

Michèle Marineau sait comme nulle autre allier finesse de l’écriture, profondeur d’émotion et intrigue fouillée dans une oeuvre dont la qualité a été maintes fois soulignée. Elle a remporté à deux reprises le Prix du Gouverneur général, d’abord en 1988 avec son premier roman, Cassiopée - L’Été polonais, puis en 1993 avec La Route de Chlifa, qui lui a valu la même année le prix 12/17 Brive/Montréal et le prix Alvine-Bélisle. Elle vit à Montréal.


Michèle Marineau's profile page

Ouriou Susan is an author and translator. She has been nominated three times for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation, winning in 2009 for Pieces of Me by Charlotte Gingras; has appeared four times on IBBY's honour list for translations; and was a runner-up for the John Glassco Literary Translation Prize. She is a former director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, and currently lives in Clagary.

Susan Ourious' profile page

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