Synopses & Reviews
Exploring contemporary life and the penetrating energy of youth, this novel follows Anna, an introspective, alienated teenager without hope. Anna and her friend Michelle have experienced what life today has to offerthey have experimented with drugs and sex and have taken dance and music lessons in an attempt to find some meaning in their existenceand yet they have rejected its premise and instead remain alone and empty. Chilling and often terrifying, this chronicle portrays two young women who are not bored but are instead without hope of finding peace or even living long enough to begin the search.
Unbelievably brilliant.” Times Literary Supplement
Lightning on the literary landscape.” Saturday Night
About the Author
Marie-Claire Blais is one of Canada's best-known authors whose books include Deaf to the City, Thunder and Light, and Wintersleep. She has received a wide variety of national and international prizes, including Prix France-Canada, Prix Athanase-David, Governor General's Literary Award, the W. O. Mitchell Literary Prize, Prix Médicis, Prix d'Italie, and Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco. She lives in Key West, Florida. Sheila Fischman is a sought after translator and was awarded the Molson Prize in 2008. Her translation of Jacques Poulins My Sisters Blue Eyes was a finalist for the Governor Generals Literary Award for Translation, and her translation of Pascale Quivigers The Perfect Circle was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Camilla Gibb is a Canadian writer with a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford University. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.