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Catherine Leroux

L’avenir

354 pages | 9 août 2022

In a fictionalized French-Canadian Detroit, Gloria moves into her late daughter’s house. Hoping to understand what led to her death and to find her missing granddaughters, she starts exploring the puzzling city, its empty streets and urban prairies. In spite of depopulation and neglect, her neighborhood soon proves to be startlingly alive, reclaimed by wildlife and cultivated through the resilience and solidarity of its inhabitants.

With the help of this hardy community, Gloria uncovers disturbing truths and hidden worlds ruled by hopeful farmers and history buffs, fortune tellers and healers, tiny eco-terrorists, heroic dogs, and addicts turned prophets. While collecting clues about the fate of her family, she learns how to be a part of this harsh, incandescent place where rivers are a cure and a poison, where feral children create kingdoms in trees and guerilla warfare on the ground, where houses burn down and grow back, and where the past and the future are fused together in a single unrelenting movement.

In powerful, resonant prose, L’avenir delves into the depth of our collective failures and common ecstasies, the duties of one generation to the next, and the inescapable ferocity of what is to come.

An English translation will be available soon.

Prix Jacques-Brossard
Finaliste - Prix Horizons imaginaires
Finaliste - Prix des libraires du Québec
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Reviews

Josée Lapointe

La Presse

‘At the peak of her powers, in deep, lush prose featuring dialogue written in invented joual, Catherine Leroux creates a world where nature thrives despite everything, legends come to life, and magic realism reigns.’

Anne-Frédérique Hébert-Dolbec

Le Devoir

‘Her novel is imbued with hope, light, and goodness and opens the door to a form of reparation between the generations.’’

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Catherine Leroux

Catherine Leroux is the author of three highly praised novels and an innovative sequence of short stories. Her first novel, La marche en forêt (2011), was a finalist for Quebec’s Booksellers’ Prize. Her bestselling second novel, The Party Wall, won the France-Quebec Prize, and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. In the United States, The Party Wall was a prestigious Indies Introduce selection. Leroux’s story sequence Madame Victoria won Quebec’s Adrienne Choquette Prize and was a finalist for the Booksellers’ Prize. The Future won the Jacques Brossard Prize and was a finalist for the Imaginary Horizons Prize. Catherine Leroux works as a translator and an editor in Montreal. She was awarded the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for translation.

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