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Symphony #3

LITERARY FICTION “Symphony No. 3 is not only a vibrant dramatization of the life of Camille Saint-Saëns, but also a profound meditation on the place of music in culture, and of the tension between art and life. Eaton’s language is orchestral in range, and there are wise epigrams worthy of Wilde (“people who believe too much […]

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The Nothing That Is: Essays on Art, Literature and Being

ESSAY | NON-FICTION “It is exhilarating to join a writer working at these bracing heights.” —Washington Post “The Nothing That Is signals Skibsrud’s versatility as a poet and writer who is able to winnow and subvert theoretical concepts for ambitious reinvention.” —Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Quill and Quire Fall 2019 Announcements: Essays & Literary Criticism —Publishers Weekly Fall Books Preview 2019: […]

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Harpo

NOVEL In the winter of 1933 without the slightest fanfare, the American comedian Harpo Marx pitched up in Le Havre with his harp following a promotional tour of the Soviet Union with the illustrious Marx Brothers. It is generally accepted that it was this ‘caviar tour’ – no doubt intended as much to win a […]

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Scorched Earth (Terre brulée)

NOVEL (Rouergue) The violent death of her mother, burnt to a cinder in her bed at the age of 61, plunges the narrator into an abyss of pain and guilt. Who was Catherine, born into a poor farming family in the 1950s, who like so many others of the 1970s generation experienced alcohol and drug […]

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Cowboy (Cow-boy)

HISTORICAL FICTION (Inculte) Jean-Michel Espitallier’s father was a cowboy – a genuine American cowboy in the ‘Wild West’ of California. In his youth, he left behind his native French Alps to seek his fortune in those distant countries that seemed to contain all the hope and gold in the world. And then, for unknown reasons, […]

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Sandremonde

NOVEL With her dark skin and snow-white hair, Elyz-Ana looks like the ShaëlFaars, those legendary beings who are said to be able to hold their own against Isidis, the powerful celestial goddess who rules over Sandremonde. When the Church hears of this strange child, it resolves to capture her. With her pursuers on her heels, […]

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The Atlantic Night (La nuit atlantique)

NOVEL Hélène returns to a small seaside resort in the Gironde to put a house up for sale that she purchased ten years earlier, thereby hoping to exorcise the ghosts from the past. Much to her surprise, she finds it being squatted in by a young Canadian photographer of Japanese heritage, Joe Naruse. An evening […]

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The Little Republic of Saillans, An experiment in participative democracy (La petite République de Saillans, Une expérience de démocratie participative)

NARRATIVE NON FICTION (Rouergue) In March 2014, as the Front National was making a historic breakthrough in the first round of the local elections, Saillans, a small commune of 1,300 inhabitants in the Valley of the Drôme, was bucking the trend. Citizens completely new to politics decided simply to focus on the community’s priorities without […]

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The Extinct Kingdom (Feu le royaume)

THRILLER (Rouergue Noir) Having just cleared up a gruelling kidnapping case, Lieutenant Dapper discovers the identity of his father, who has just committed suicide and has made the lieutenant’s son Théo the sole beneficiary of his will. Will this latest death bring to an end the terrible cycle that began a few months previously with […]

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People Like Them (Des gens comme eux)

NOVEL (Collection La Brune) A scene of carnage in a mountain village when five family members are murdered by their neighbour. At the trial, his wife seeks to understand the infernal chain of events that led to her husband’s murdering spree. Strangers to the region, the Langlois settle in a remote village in a mountain […]

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