The Cliffs

Original title: Les Falaises

Publication Date:

February 2020



Original language and publisher

French | La Peuplade

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Spanish (World) (Baile del Sol)


Literary Fiction

The Cliffs

Original title: Les Falaises


With this language of Quebec which is moving, DeChamplain tells about three generations of women who have failed to understand each other. A dazzling and very sweet novel. — ELLE France

Complex mother-daughter relationships, protagonists at a crossroads, colorful writing with a poetic breath… The Cliffs and Menthol, the respective first novels of Virginie DeChamplain and Jennifer Bélanger, have a lot in common. Their authors too. — Journal Métro

We enter The Cliffs as the protagonist enters, slowly, into herself, carried by the breath and the mute suffering of a woman who will learn to take a fresh look at things and life. Over fairly short chapters, interspersed with poetic sections, the author takes us with her on this inner journey. Beautiful. — La Presse

What power emanates from the novel Les Falaises! As if the harsh landscapes in which the story takes place, first Gaspé and then Iceland, had found an echo in the writing. — Journal de Montréal

A novel that takes femininity into uncharted territory, combining individual memory with family collective unconscious. It mixes the language of the feminine with resilience in an intimate and moving odyssey between sisters, daughters, women and lovers.

V. just learned her mother’s body was found washed up on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River in the Gaspésie, at the edge of the earth. She rushes back there, to her childhood home and builds an “island” for herself in the middle of the drafty living room. With the help of her grandmother’s journals, it is a place designed to discover and erase the history of her family’s female line… or bring it back. V. is completely absorbed in the journals and cannot stop reading. Her only escape is behind the counter at the local bar, topped with ethereal red hair and named Chloe.

Les Falaises (The Cliffs) is a tale about bringing order to chaos. It is a dreamlike journey, historical and feminine, bringing survivors together, mothers and daughters alike. From the Gaspésie to Iceland, they all have trouble staying put, choosing rather to be elsewhere and continually uprooting themselves.

Marketing Information

  • English and Dutch samples available
  • Over 8,500 copies sold
  • Winner of the Prox Jovette-Bernier 2020 and Prix des Rendez-Vous du Premier Roman 2020
  • Longlisted for the Prix HarperCollins Poche “Littérature”

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