The Orange Grove

Original title: L’orangeraie

Author: Tremblay, Larry

Publication Date:

October 2013



Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Netherlands (Nieuw Amsterdam)
English (North America) (USA, Milkweed)
Canada (English) (Biblioasis)
English (UK) (Peirene Press)
Spanish (Spain) (Nube de Tinta/PRH)
Germany (CH Beck)
Israel (Sendik Books)
France (La Table Ronde/Folio)
Taiwan (New Century)
China (Haitian)
Sweden (Vaktel)
Slovenia (Druzina)
Catalan (Gregal)
North Macedonia (Antolog)
Turkey (Bilgi)
Czech Republic (Argo)
Greece (Armos)
South Korea (Open House)
Denmark (Holgers Forlag)
Arabic (Page Seven)
Croatia (HENA)
Macedonia (Antolog Books)
Mexico (Nube de Tinta/PRH)
Ukraine (Anetta)


Literary Fiction

Foreign Covers

Peirene Press
Milkweed Editions
Nieuw Amsterdam

The Orange Grove

Original title: L’orangeraie

Author: Tremblay, Larry


Larry Tremblay’s The Orange Grove is one of those books that change you. It fundamentally changes how you think and feel about a major contemporary issue. But it is also a book that makes you feel conflicted about that change, largely because that issue here is suicide bombings. […]But, nonetheless, I think that this book should be read as part of our self-education, particularly at a time where media representations of the ‘other’ are becoming increasingly political and difficult to navigate.  — IN WORDS AND INK

‘Nuanced but contrasting. Rough but also sensual. Shot through with powerful dialogues but never rambling. This kind of writing takes guts.’ — Le Devoir

‘A little jewel, finely chiseled.’ — Elle

‘The Orange Grove is a thing of rare, awful beauty… a must-read.’ — Mika Provata-Carlone

‘Larry Tremblay’s ability [is] not so much to weave a storyline as to unravel it with finesse and beauty.’—  Toronto Sun

‘The voluntary simplicity of Tremblay’s writing recalls the story of Cain and Abel or the parable of the Prodigal Son… With The Orange Grove, Tremblay gives us a novel we should read…not once, but twice.’ — La Presse (Quebec)

Somewhere in the Middle East, twin brothers have lived peacefully under the shade of the orange trees until, one day, an explosive crosses the sky, killing their grandparents. The horrors of war seize hold of their childhood and crush their destiny. Men come to take vengeance for the blood that has been shed. One of the brothers must wear an explosive belt over the mountains and into a refugee camp. Who will be the chosen one? Come what may, everyone will, like the martyrs, pay a price – the dead and those who remain.

A novel that is both timeless and relevant to current times, The Orange Grove possesses the brute force of the great tragedies and the lyricism of desert legends. At the crossroads of the universes of Wajdi Mouawad (Scorched) and Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), Larry Tremblay, one of Quebec’s most famous playwrights, hits a milestone and strikes right at the heart, leaving the reader to distinguish the pure souls from the deceitful, and the zealots from the heroes.

Marketing Information

  • Full English translation available
  • Winner – Prix des libraires du Québec, Prix littéraire des collégiens, Prix littéraire des enseignants AQPF-ANEL, Prix Coup de coeur du club des Irrésistibles, Prix Ronsard de Lycéens 2016, Prix Culture et Bibliothèques pour tous 2015-2016, Prix littéraire des lycéens de l’Euregio 2017
  • Finalist – Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie, Prix Ringuet de l’Académie des lettres du Québec, Prix Folio des lycéens.
  • Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award
  • Over 140,000 copies sold in Quebec alone
  • Film rights sold to Micro_scope.
  • Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from French-Canadian can be funded by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles.

Here is a list of all the PRIZES awarded to this amazing novel:


Prix du Club des Incorrigibles

Prix des libraires du Québec

Prix littéraire des enseignants AQPF-ANEL

Prix littéraire du salon du livre du Saguenay Lac St-Jean (catégorie roman)

Prix des lecteurs du Saguenay Lac St-Jean


Finaliste – Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général (catégorie romans et nouvelles)

Finaliste – Prix Frye Académie IV

Finaliste – Prix des 5 continents

Finaliste – Prix Ringuet de l’Académie des lettres du Québec

Finaliste – Prix littéraire des collégiens

Les Incontournables Radio-Canada

Sélection « On aime » Archambault

Coup de cœur Renaud-Bray

Foreign Covers

Peirene Press
Milkweed Editions
Nieuw Amsterdam