Snowshoe Hare

Original title: Le Lièvre d’Amérique

Publication Date:

August 2020



Original language and publisher

French | La Peuplade

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Germany (Wagenbach Verlag)


Literary Fiction

Snowshoe Hare

Original title: Le Lièvre d’Amérique


In this fantastic and naturalistic story, Mireille Gagné, who handles the language with strength and charm, denounces the inhuman face of neoliberalism. – Véronique Cassarin-Grand de L’Obs

A modern fable reminiscent of Marie Darrieussecq’s Pig Tales that takes a closer look at the violence of neoliberalism.

Diane’s body is doing its best to adapt gradually. She’s sleeping less, growing stronger and developing impressive stamina. The model employee she used to be can now excel even more on the job. But the undesirable effects of her recent intervention are stressing her out. The space inside her head is tightening; her bones feel like metal. All her senses are heightened—her eyesight, her sense of smell, her breathing. As panic sets in, every hair on her body turns completely red overnight. And the males start to follow her.

Fifteen years earlier, Diane experienced the defining summer of her youth on the small island of L’Isle-aux-Grues in the St. Lawrence River. Those were the days when Eugène braved the dangers of the stormy waters and she became aware of her friend’s fascination with endangered species. And how can she forget—let alone get over—the night of the fire?

This novel is a neoliberal animal tale for readers who have strayed.

Marketing Information

  • Selected for the Prix Première Plume Furet du Nord-Decitre
  • Longlisted fot the Prix Wepler, Prix des Inrockuptibles
  • Selected for the Rendez-vous du premier roman


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