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“As she writes against her own death, Gendreau is a showy, insistent stylist; a diva; but a sad, sleepless, lonely one. She groans that her “story to break your heart is not working,” but it is. She demanded to have the last word on her life and her work, and we have to give it to her.” —Paige Cooper, Montreal Review of Books
Vickie Gendreau was born in Montréal in 1989. While working in Montréal strip clubs from October 2009 to June 2012, she was also active in the literary community, where she participated in events like the Off-Festival de poésie de Trois-Rivières. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 and passed away a year later. Her first novel, Testament, written after her diagnosis, was published in fall 2012. It was longlisted for the 2013 Prix littéraire France-Québec, and the English edition was published by Book*hug in 2016. Her second novel, Drama Queens, was published posthumously in 2014.
Newfoundland-native Aimee Wall is a writer and translator. She has previously translated the novels Testament by Vickie Gendreau, and Sports and Pastimes by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard, as well as Maude Veilleux’s Prague, a co-translation with Aleshia Jensen. Her first novel, We Jane, is forthcoming from Book*hug. She lives in Montréal.
Literature in Translation Series
October 24, 2019 | Fiction
8 x 5.25 inches | 180 pages
Trade Paper | ISBN 9781771665223