Griffintown by Marie Hélène PoitrasGriffintown by Marie Hélène Poitras


byMarie Hélène PoitrasTranslated bySheila Fischman

Paperback | May 15, 2016

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Loaded with grit, heart, murder, and desire, Griffintown harnesses the style of a Spaghetti Western to tell the exhilarating story of the calèche drivers of Old Montreal, the city’s urban cowboys. It s a novel ulike any other — a story of sorrow and renewal, of unexpected moments of grace.

The sun rises on Griffintown after the months of snow under which the city of Montreal has been dormant. It is the dawn of the season of survival. Men and horses return to the stable. Winter has taken some of their number. Fewer are coming back. Some men, like John, pick up the reins like a bad habit. For others, past lives trail behind them, and Griffintown is their last chance. Marie comes looking for a job that will bring her closer to the horses she loves. She is not aware of the lives of desperation led by man and horse, nothing like the romantic ideal she has of them.

Marie Hélène Poitras is a music journalist as well as editor of the CBC's Zone d'ecriture, a web space devoted to contemporary literature. Her first novel, Suddenly the Minotaur (2002), won the Prix Anne-Hébert. Cute death and other stories (2005) was a finalist for the Québécois Booksellers Award. Her second novel, Griffintown (2012)...
Title:GriffintownFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:May 15, 2016Publisher:CORMORANT BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770863885

ISBN - 13:9781770863880

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