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Griffintown

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Original Language: French | 216 pp. | 2012

2 Seas Represents: English (USA), Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish rights.

Rights sold: France (Phebus), English (Canada, Cormoran)

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from French-Canadian can be funded by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles.

Awarded the France-Quebec Prize 2013!

 

LITERARY FICTION

“A novel which has all the bitterness of Cormac McCarthy’s great westerns.” — L’actualité

“This novel’s tour de force is its ability to conjure up an obsolete and poverty-stricken world and raise it to great heights, making it both enthralling and incredibly alive. There is something of a great writer in Marie Hélène Poitras.” — Huffington Post

“With Griffintown, Marie Hélène Poitras offers up a poetic western which takes place in the world of Old Montreal’s coachmen, the last of the urban cowboys, who share the same tragic destiny as their mounts. A trip to the Far West that you won’t easily forget.”– La Presse

“A sombre universe onto which a captivating style sheds its light. A salute to the resiliency of beaten men. A reflection on the true cost of savage exploitation and greed.” — Châtelaine

Morning breaks on Griffintown after a season of survival, months of winter and prolonged sleep.

Men and horses head back to the stable. Winter has taken its toll. Some, like John, take up the reins like you fall back into a bad habit. For others, who are dragging the weight of many lives behind them, this is often the last chance cabaret. Marie, the Rose with a broken neck, for her part, is looking for a job that will get her closer to the horses. She has no idea what this summer, her last in Griffintown, holds for her. Because, as a procession of desperate souls heads West in search of meagre pittance, the Fly is planning its vengeance.

A story of murder, love and envy set against a back-drop where no rules apply, Griffintown sheds the full light of day on the inner-city cowboys that are Old Montreal’s coachmen. A clever reversal, borne by a writing style both sensitive and rugged. A spaghetti western with an urban twist.