Autopsy of a Boring Wife

Original title: Autopsie d’une femme plate

Publication Date:

March 2017



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

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

Territories Sold

Czech Republic (Euromedia)
English (World) (House of Anansi)
Drama (Christian Lalumière)
French excl. North America (J'ai Lu)
French Audio (Audible)
Italy (Sperling & Kupfer)
Film/TV rights (Amalga)
Romania (Trei)
Serbia (Cigoja Stampa)
Arabic (Arab Scientific Publishers)
Germany (Eichborn)


Commercial Fiction

Autopsy of a Boring Wife

Original title: Autopsie d’une femme plate


Employing the tone and construction of a classic comedy, here’s a novel that engulfs us in the wake of a woman on the verge of an unabating nervous breakdown . . . wacky, scathing humour, good dialogue and assuredly lively. — Le Devoir

A wonderfully fresh and engaging novel of the pitfalls and missteps of an apparently “boring” life that could be any of ours.

Like a Québécois Bridget Jones’s Diary, Marie-Renée Lavoie’s third novel tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him.

Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century.

All the details are up for scrutiny in this tender, brisk story of the path to recovery.