Gimme Shelter

Original title: Encabanée

Publication Date:

February 2018



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

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

Territories Sold

French excl. North America (Le Mot et le reste)
Italy (Lindau)
Spanish (Latin America) (Edicola Ediciones)
Germany (DTV)
Sweden (Éditions J)


Literary Fiction

Foreign Covers


Gimme Shelter

Original title: Encabanée


I read Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba’s Encabanée in one single breath and I was completely enchanted by this story. It’s a voice for which I’ve been waiting for a long time, without realizing it – a very original text, radical and gentle at the same time, very contemporary and at the same time attached to traditions. This way of withdrawing from the world, of finding oneself through nature and writing is for me a very special mixture which makes it such an extraordinary reading. Encabanée describes a deeply feminine experience, in its vulnerability, but above all in its strength. And in a voice so refreshing, so different from all the others! […] This book does not only play with the genres of auto-fiction and the tradition of Nature Writing, but it also changes our perception of the world in the best sense of the word. — Maria Ebner, editor literary fiction, dtv

An hour. It’s all that it takes to go through this debut novel signed by Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba. And after turning the last page, we only wish one thing : that a hundred other pages are waiting for us to turn them. — Page par page

The tone is lyrical, the poetry, omnipresent and the subject, militant.—La Presse

This grandiose text, as a call to open our eyes, finds a particular echo in the society in which we live today.—L’Utopie, Paris

A young woman leaves everything behind to start over. Far from cities. Far from pollution. Far from overconsumption madness.

Gimme Shelter is a voyage deep into the woods and deep into the self. It is a quest for meaning, far from civilization. It is a return to the source. Anouk takes the reader on a pilgrimage to revisit her Quebec roots, with the rigors of the New World’s first settlements and a collection of poets to keep her from losing her way.

Anouk has traded her cozy Montreal apartment for a run-down cabin in the woods of Kamouraska. Shut up far from everything during the harshest of winters, she writes about the transformation happening within her as a way to master her frugal lifestyle and chase away her fears.

Her story comes to us in the form of a logbook, complete with lists and sketches.

Marketing Information

  • Finalist Prix Jovette-Bernier
  • Over 5000 copies sold

Foreign Covers