And the Birds Rained Down

Original title: Il pleuvait des oiseaux

Publication Date:

August 2019



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

English (World excl Canada), France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Dutch (Meridiaan Uitgevers)
English (World) (Coach House Books)
Sweden (Tranan Publishing House)
France (Éditions Denoël )
Germany (Insel Verlag)
Norway (Cappelen Damm)
Italy (Iperborea)
Film/TV rights (Films Outsiders)
Arabic (Sefsafa)
Czech Republic (Argo)
Poland (Sonia Draga)
Serbia (Dereta)
Spanish (World) (Minuscula)
Turkey (New Human Publisher)
Ukraine (Anetta Antonenko)
Albania (Shkupi)
Portugal (Gradiva Publicações)
South Korea (Marco Polo Press)


Literary Fiction

And the Birds Rained Down

Original title: Il pleuvait des oiseaux


“Truly marvellous.”— Voir

“A highly inspired novel, incredibly humane.” — Elle Québec

July 29, 1916. In the woods of Northern Ontario, the flames are rising. Soon, this will be known as the Great Fire of Matheson, one of many forest fires that ravaged the province in the beginning of the 20th century. On that day, the young Boychuck will narrowly escape death, forever scarred by the sight of his homeland in ashes.

Many decades later, a photographer takes interest in the survivors of those Great Fires. She will come to know some of them, venerable old hermits living deep in the woods, still prizing their freedom.

Other tormented souls will come into this story of survival and dignity, a shining demonstration that love, hope and the desire to be free do not wither with age.

Marketing Information

  • AWARDS: Prix des collégiens, Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, Prix des Cinq continents, de la Francophonie, Prix Les irrésistibles, Prix France-Québec, Prix Salon du livre de Montréal, Prix Ringuet
  • The book’s movie adaptation raised more than 2 millions dollars in Quebec theaters only.
  • Best international movie at Göteborg Film Festival 2020/Presented at TIFF, Quebec, Vancouver and San Sebastian festivals (2019)
  • Over 280,000 copies sold
  • English translation available

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