An English translation can be provided on demand
An English translation can be provided on demand
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Charles Quimper

Marée montante

(In Every Wave)

72 pages | Janvier 2017 | Couverture : Deb Schwedhelm

Told by a man who loses his daughter while swimming one summer, Marée montante is the story of how he will find her again, on earth or thousands of miles underwater.

It’s about a man driven by the will to take the time to say goodbye, like a father who stays by the bed with his child long after the light has been switched off. And when he finds his daughter, he will not let her go.

A little gem of a book, sad yet beautiful and enchanting, a lesson in finding happiness through loss, and an ode to the pleasure of letting yourself be swept away by the fond memories of a time gone by.

Finaliste – Grand Prix du Livre audio 2021
Finaliste – Prix du Public du livre audio francophone 2021
Coup de coeur Renaud-Bray
Finaliste – Prix de création littéraire – Bibliothèque de Québec et Salon international du livre de Québec
Finaliste – Prix des Rendez-vous du premier roman – Lectures plurielles
Finaliste - ReLit Awards 2021

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Le Devoir

‘A new literary voice of remarkable density.’

Les Libraires

‘A first novel, filled with tenderness, infinite sadness, and absolute beauty.’

La Presse

‘There is a certain poetry and beauty in Marée montante, despite the infinite sadness that inhabits it […] The story succeeds in examining the worst of all agonies, with humility and empathy, while facing them head on. It takes skill to tackle such a subject without becoming melodramatic, and Quimper rises to the challenge.’

★★★★★, Foreword Reviews

‘Piercing and compact, Charles Quimper’s novella In Every Wave follows a grief-consumed father through a vortex of regret and fragmented fantasies. Here, sorrow is an ocean, and lost possibilities lurk behind every swell […] Every phrase is a foghorn, and every utterance rasps. Almost too tender to touch…’

World Literature Today

‘a picture of tenderness and a true-to-life image of the gaping hole left in the heart by loss’

Montreal Review of Books

‘Quimper’s sparse plotting and reliance on representing the emotional landscape of grief creates a dream-like effect in which time seems to stand still.’

Photo Charles Quimper Crédit photo Antoine Tanguay


Charles Quimper

Born in Quebec City in 1977, Charles Quimper is a former bookseller and has contributed to a number of magazines. Les Libraires magazine recognized the “tenderness, infinite sadness, and absolute beauty” of his debut novel, while Le Devoir hailed “a new literary voice of remarkable density.

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