An English translation can be provided on demand
An English translation can be provided on demand
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Dominique Fortier

Les villes de papier

(Paper Houses)

192 pages | Août 2020

Over 30 000 copies sold!

One of the most important writer of the nineteenth century, a mythical figure of American literature, Emily Dickinson remains an enigma to this day. With Les villes de papier, Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Dominique Fortier explores the quiet existence of “the lady in white” from the inside, through the books she loved, her garden, her ghosts. Inspired by episodes of both Emily’s life and her own, the author gives us a novel as limpid as it is earnest about how the worlds we build within ourselves in turn build us.

Prix Renaudot de l’essai 2020
Prix littéraire des lycéens AIEQ 2019
Finaliste Prix Femina (catégorie Essai)
Finaliste Prix Hennessy du Livre
Finaliste Prix littéraire des collégiens 2019
Liste préliminaire du Prix des libraires du Québec 2019
Palmarès littéraire 2018 - Les 10 meilleurs romans de l'année - Plus on est de fous, plus on lit!
Coup de coeur Renaud-Bray
Les libraires conseillent : sélection de septembre 2018
Top 10 de Chantal Guy dans les Coups de coeur 2018 de La Presse
Sélection « Livres de l’année » du Quill & Quire

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Bulgaria

Helikon / Labyrinth

Canada and USA

Coach House Books

China

CITIC Press

Croatia

Disput

Estonia

Loomingu Raamatukogu

France

Grasset

France

Livre de poche

Germany

btb (Random House Germany)

Italy

Alter Ego

Korea

Gimm-Young Publishers

Russia

Ivan Limbakh

Slovenia

Mladinska knjiga

Spain

Minuscula

Sweden

Ramus

Turkey

New Human

Reviews

RDI Matin

‘A masterpiece.’

Sue Carter

The Star

‘An exquisite fictional imagining of Dickinson’s life.’

Le Devoir

‘Its language is luminous, precise; its structure, ambitious.’

Carly Vandergriendt

Quill & Quire

‘In Paper Houses, anecdotes from the lauded American poet’s childhood and adult life are expanded into a chronological series of vignettes featuring truly Dickinsonian details’

Madhura Mukhopadhyay

The Girly Book Club

«It is powerful and haunting, recounting a life lived all those years ago yet still alive in pages of poetry.»

Autrice | Traductrice

Dominique Fortier

Dominique Fortier is an editor and translator living in Outremont, Quebec. Her first novel, On the Proper Use of Stars (2008), was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and The Island of Books won the Governor General’s Award for French fiction. She received the Renaudot Prize for non-fiction with Paper Houses. She is the author of six novels, four of which have been translated into English.

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