Original title: Chienne

Publication Date:

September 2019



Original language and publisher

French | Héliotrope

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Debut Novel, Literary Fiction


Original title: Chienne


This text hurts; it sticks in your mind. There is terror encased in each page, each word and, all the more so, in the words never spoken. This is a brutal and cruel read that will change you forever. – Alexandra Mignaul and Josée-Anne Paradis, Les Libraires

Marie-Pier Lafontaine uses incredibly powerful words to describe how millennial patriarchy and misogyny do the worst damage. Revenge is a dish best written with cold words. – Sarah Gandillot, Causette

A book of truly mind-blowing power and unapologetic honesty in which the author, based on her own experience, explores the limits of domestic abuse and the struggle towards healing.

The main idea this book is far from simple: to look horror in the eye and not to blink; to describe in detail the appalling brutality of a man who pummels his daughter, keeps her on a leash, forces her to walk on all-fours, to eat under the table; to tell the state of mind of a mother that never bothered to interfere.

Bitch tells the story of a family wherein an all-powerful and sadistic father reigns with terror from the point of view of the victim. With a lucid, caustic, and uncompromising voice this debut novel acts like a bitch that winds up biting back.

Marketing Information

  • Winner of the Prix Sade