A Charming Disaster

Original title: Un beau désastre

Publication Date:

February 2020



Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

A Charming Disaster

Original title: Un beau désastre


«Christine Eddie’s words are like the rainbow showing in a flood of rain, like a smile amidst the rushing and indifferent crowd.» – Anne-Frédérique Hébert-Dolbec, Le Devoir

«A beautiful allegory about the might of art, the power of solidarity and love. This charming novel is clearly an antidote against the gloom and uncertainties of our time.» – Josée Lapointe, La Presse

In our modern times wavering between catastrophes and promises, Christine Eddie’s lucid coming-of-age novel appears like a glimmer of hope and tells us that, even through the thickest concrete, flowers will always grow.

Raised in a poor and wilted neighborhood by an optimistic astrologer of an aunt, the young M.-J. is afflicted with the 21st century blues. But in the Summer of his (not so) sweet sixteen, life will surprise him. Love, art and the support of his colorful community will rout even his most somber ideas. Despite all that is wrong in the world, M.-J. will find that hope is the best remedy for disaster.