Woman With a Rifle

Original title: Femme portant un fusil

Publication Date:

August 2023



Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Literary Fiction


  • 2023 Prix Talents/Cultura (longlist)
  • 2024 Prix des lecteurs Quais du Polar (longlist)

Woman With a Rifle

Original title: Femme portant un fusil


Sophie Pointurier invents a contemporary tale that is as impactful as it is luminous. A refuge book. — Lauren Malka, Causette

Strong characters and a perfectly mastered narrative make this novel one of the excellent surprises of this literary season. — Michel Dufranne, Femmes d’aujourd’hui

A fascinating exploration of women’s violence. A bible on feminist alternative solutions, carried by the sociological and sensitive gaze of Sophie Pointurier. In short, a great success! — Pauline Leduc, Madmoizelle

This gripping thriller renews our myths, gives women a central, complex, extremely rich place, to think of other adventures, other pleasures, other futures. — Kareen Janselme, L’Humanité Magazine

There were four of them at first. Then there was that classified ad for a remote hamlet for sale in the Tarn, in the south of France. And so the project was born: the dream of a place built by and for women. They did it: Claude, Harriet, Elie, Anna. Young, old, all shaped by other women’s attempts before them, warrior women forced to keep silent until then.

But here’s the thing: now Claude has to answer for the murder of a man. Two policemen are standing there, waiting for this young mother with an androgynous name to explain everything from the beginning. From utopia to retaliation. The day that Claude and her sisters took up arms.

What do we know about women’s violence? From the countryside east of Toulouse to Wimmin’s land in Oregon, Femme portant un fusil is the tale of a quest to reinvent oneself, an ode to friendship and freedom.

Marketing Information

  • La Femme périphérique (The Peripheral Woman) attracted critical acclaim and was listed for several prizes, including the Closerie des Lilas Prize, for which it was short-listed.
  • A novel that explores women’s violence, resistance to the patriarchal system, and alternative lifestyles with tremendous humanity.
  • Synergy with the release of La Femme périphérique in paperback.
  • Featured on LivresHebdo (August 2023)

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