A bicycle accident changes Paul Rayment's solitary, self-sufficient life. Although his right leg is amputated, he refuses a prosthesis. Sixtyish, single, and childless, he must learn to navigate anew, physically and mentally, and he wonders whether he needs to be cared for - or loved. By the 2003 Nobel Prize winner. 2005.
- Auteur:Coetzee, J. M.Sommaire:
- Auteur:Ernaux, AnnieSommaire:
In her spare, stark style, Annie Ernaux documents the desires and indignities of a human heart ensnared in an all-consuming passion. Blurring the line between fact and fiction, an unnamed narrator attempts to plot the emotional and physical course of her two-year relationship with a married foreigner where every word, event, and person either provides a connection with her beloved or is subject to her cold indifference. With courage and exactitude, she seeks the truth behind an existence lived entirely for someone else, and, in the pieces of its aftermath, she is able to find it.
- Auteur:Pamuk, OrhanSommaire:
Awaiting the arrival of her grandchildren in her home outside Istanbul, bed-ridden widow Fatma shares memories and grievances with her late husband's illegitimate son until his nephew, a right-wing nationalist, involves the family in the Turkish military coup of 1980.
- Auteur:Ferguson, GenkiSommaire:
Set in 1999 Japan, Satellite Love is a heartbreaking and beautifully unconventional debut novel about a girl, a boy, and a satellite--and a bittersweet meditation on loneliness, alienation, and what it means to be human. On the eve of the new millennium, in a city in southern Japan that progress has forgotten, sixteen-year-old Anna Obata looks to the stars for solace. An outcast at school, and left to fend for herself and care for her increasingly senile grandfather at home, Anna copes with her loneliness by searching the night sky for answers. But everything changes the evening the Low Earth Orbit satellite (LEO for short) returns her gaze and sees her as no one else has before. After Leo is called down to Earth, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to understand his own humanity as well as the fragile mind of the young woman who called him into being. As Anna withdraws further into her own mysterious plans, he will be forced to question the limits of his devotion and the lengths he will go to protect her. Full of surprising imaginative leaps and yet grounded by a profound understanding of the human heart, Satellite Love is a brilliant and deeply moving meditation on loneliness, faith, and the yearning for meaning and connection. It is an unforgettable story about the indomitable power of the imagination and the mind's ability to heal itself, no matter the cost, no matter the odds.
- Auteur:Andraos, MaryseSommaire:
Entre une mère à l'amour brutal, son amie fidèle et des amoureux·ses qui voudraient la sauver, Naïma suit le mouvement sans savoir ce que signifierait vivre une vie qu'elle pourrait dire sienne. Traquant sans relâche la lumière dans le viseur de son appareil photo, elle se demande si la création reste une réponse légitime devant la lente destruction de la planète. Autour de Naïma se déploie une communauté qui rêve, elle aussi, d'un monde habitable. Roman choral porté par la poésie et le passage du temps, Sans refuge est le premier livre de Maryse Andraos.
- Auteur:Van Pelt, ShelbySommaire:
Staying busy has helped Tova cope ever since her son disappeared decades ago. So when her husband dies, she takes a job at the aquarium, where she meets Marcellus, an octopus that deduces what happened to her son.
- Auteur:Wagamese, RichardSommaire:
Four chronically homeless people -- Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger -- seek refuge in a warm movie theater when a severe Arctic front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world and, once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing "the same story over and over again" in favor of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed. Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past. Richard Wagamese deftly explores the nature of the comforts these friends find in their ideas of "home" as he reconnects them to their histories.
- Auteur:Heti, SheilaSommaire:
Here we are, just living in the first draft of creation, which was made by some great artist, who is now getting ready to tear it apart. In this first draft, a woman named Mira leaves home for school. There, she meets Annie, whose tremendous power opens Mira’s chest like a portal—to what, she doesn’t know. When Mira is older, her beloved father dies, and she enters the strange and dizzying dimension that true loss opens up. Pure Colour tells the story of a life, from beginning to end. It is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty. It is a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and a shape-shifting epic. Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold.
- Auteur:Veilleux, MaudeSommaire:
Winter blankets Montreal, while a bookseller and her lover dream of Prague. As the narrator's open marriage becomes the subject of a novel, reality blurs with fiction, and she tries to reconcile the need to create with the desire for love and sex. Written in stark, spare prose, Prague is an introspective and intimate account of the making of a novel from life.
- Auteur:McCabe, PatSommaire:
A swirling, psychedelic, bleakly funny fugue by the Booker-shortlisted author of The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on PlutoUna Fogarty, suffering from dementia in a seaside nursing home, would be all alone without her brother Dan, whose epic free-verse monologue tells their family story. Exile from Ireland and immigrant life in England. Their mother's trials as a call girl. Young Una's search for love in a seemingly haunted hippie squat, and the two-timing Scottish stoner poet she'll never get over. Now she sits outside in the sun as her memories unspool from Dan's mouth and his own role in the tale grows ever stranger-- and more sinister. A swirling, psychedelic, bleakly funny fugue, Patrick McCabe's epic reinvention of the verse novel combines Modernist fragmentation and Beat spontaneity with Irish folklore, then douses it in whiskey and sets it on fire. Drinking song and punk libretto, ancient as myth and wholly original, Poguemahone is the devastating telling of one family's history--and the forces, seen and unseen, that make their fate.
- Auteur:Jackson, JennySommaire:
Darley, the eldest daughter in the Stockton family, has never worried about money. The product of generational wealth and capitalist success, Darley renounced her inheritance when she married Malcolm, a first generation Korean American with a lucrative job in banking. Sasha, Darley's new sister-in-law, has come from more humble origins, and her hesitancy about signing a pre-nup has everyone worried about her intentions. Georgiana, newly graduated from Brown and proud to think of herself as a "do-gooder," has enough money from her trust that she's able to work for a pittance at a not-for-profit, where she has started a secret love affair with a senior colleague. But when a scandal derails Malcolm's career, leaving Darley financially in the lurch, when Sasha glimpses the less-than-attractive attributes beneath the Stockton brood's carefully-guarded façade, and when Georgiana discovers her boyfriend is married and still in love with his wife, they must all come to terms with what money can't buy--the bonds of love that can make and unmake a family. Rife with the indulgent pleasures of affluent WASPS in New York and full of recognizable if fallible characters (and a couple of appalling ones!), it's about the peculiar unknowability of someone else's family, about the haves and have-nots and the nuances in between, and the insanity of first love--Pineapple Street is a scintillating, wryly comic novel of race, class, wealth and privilege in an age that disdains all of it.
- Auteur:Rulfo, JuanSommaire:
"Desconcertante, lista a inquietar a la crítica, está ya en los escaparates la primera novela de Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo, que transcurre en una serie de transposiciones oníricas, ahondando más allá de la muerte de sus personajes, que uno no sabe en qué momento son sueño, vida, fábula, verdad, pero a los que se les oye la voz al través de la perspicacia despiadada y certera de tan sin duda extraordinario escritor". Con estas palabras iniciaba Edmundo Valdés la primera reseña de Pedro Páramo, aparecida el 30 de marzo de 1955 y conservada por Juan Rulfo entre sus papeles. Desde entonces el reconocimiento a esta obra maestra ha sido constante, hasta el punto que la encuesta del Instituto Nobel de Suecia, de 2002, dirigida a un centenar de escritores y estudiosos de todo el mundo, situó a Pedro Páramo entre las cien obras que constituyen el núcleo del patrimonio universal de la literatura.
- Auteur:Shteyngart, GarySommaire:
"A perfect novel for these times and all times, the single textual artifact from the pandemic era I would place in a time capsule as a representation of all that is good and true and beautiful about literature."--Molly Young, The New York TimesEight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation--a novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal hailed as "a masterpiece" (Andrew Sean Greer) and "a powerful fable of our broken time" (Salman Rushdie)It's March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most. The unlikely cast of characters includes a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a Southern flamethrower of an essayist; and a movie star, the Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family. Both elegiac and very, very funny, Our Country Friends is the most ambitious book yet by the author of the beloved bestseller Super Sad True Love Story
- Auteur:Strout, ElizabethSommaire:
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama-desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
- Auteur:Birdsong, Destiny O.Sommaire:
Suzette, Maple, and Agnes, three Black women with albinism, call Shreveport, Louisiana, home. At the crossroads of the American South and Southwest, these women find themselves at the crossroads of their own lives.
- Auteur:Nichol, B. P.Sommaire:
The long-lost fiction of avant-garde hero bpNichol collected into one groundbreaking volume. Nights on Prose Mountain gathers all of beloved writer bpNichol's published fiction. Originally appearing between 1968 and 1983, and representing almost the entire arc of Nichol's writing career, Nights on Prose Mountain is by turns heartbreaking, playful, and evocative. While Nichol's poetry is widely studied, researched and taught, his novels have remained out of print and are overdue for a new edition. Nichol's curiosity and craft, his exploration and exuberance, his lyricism and adventurousness are all on exhibit here. From the Governor General's Award-winning "The True Eventual Story of Billy the Kid" through more obscure treasures like "Extreme Positions," and including "Still," "For Jesus Lunatick," and "Andy," Nights on Prose Mountain traces Nichol's life in fiction.
- Auteur:Barbeau-Lavalette, AnaïsSommaire:
The lives of three families intersect in the hallways of an apartment block in a Montreal neighborhood. Kevin lives in 62. His mom took off but it's okay because his dad's a wrestler and he always wins. Even when he gets laid off from his job. Melissa is in 64. She has to look after her siblings because there's a restraining order that means her mom can't be within fifty metres of them. So when Melissa needs to tell her something, she leaves a note on the sidewalk near where her mother is looking for customers. And Roxane, in 61, obsessed with the violin, collects her mom's empties so she can sell them for a snack at the depanneur. They hear each other through the thin walls. They're all more grown up than they should be for twelve-year-olds, and they're all alone -- so alone they don't even try to find solace in one another's company. Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, author of the acclaimed Suzanne (2019 Canada Reads shortlist, Best Translated Book Award nominee, international bestseller), encountered real-life versions of these kids when she was making her film Le Ring. With her characteristic poetic flair and generosity, she has painted, in brief strokes, an unforgettable and moving portrait of a fictional apartment block in Montreal.
- Auteur:Davies, RobertsonSommaire:
Connor Gilmartin's inauspicious, but much beloved, mortal life comes to an untimely end when he discovers his wife in bed with one of his more ludicrous associates, Randall Allard Going. Death becomes a bit complicated when Gilmartin's out-of-body experience stays an out-of-body experience. Enraged at being so unceremoniously cut down, he avenges himself against his now panic-stricken murderer.
- Auteur:Bowdring, PaulSommaire:
After a thirty-year exile in Toronto, self-described "mid-listing" Newfoundland author James Nightingale leaves behind a failed marriage to a successful classical musician, who has taken up with an avant-garde composer, and a middling, if critically successful, career to return temporarily to St. John's to receive an honourary degree from his alma mater. Braving the obstacles of artistic and domestic uncertainty and neglected family obligations--not to mention a book-signing and a launch that go risibly wrong--he meets old friends whose own artistic lives have borne little fruit, and contends with a talented daughter who, in defiance of her mother, has abandoned her classical-music roots in favour of performing "deconstructed" traditional Newfoundland songs, a father suffering from dementia but with a sharp memory of disappointment, and an untrustworthy former publisher who is re-releasing his seminal first novel.
- Auteur:Farah, ÀlainSommaire:
Alain épouse Virginie en la crypte de l'oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal. En apparence, ce sera le plus beau jour de sa vie - de leur vie. Tout le monde est là, les parents de la mariée, la grande amie, les parents du narrateur - Libanais d'Égypte immigrés au Québec il y a trente ans, divorcés depuis vingt, qui ne se parlent plus depuis dix. Mais, à l'approche de la célébration, Alain va plus mal que jamais. Les insomnies sont de retour, l'angoisse et la maladie aussi. Et aujourd'hui, son cousin Édouard, son garçon d'honneur, son frère, perd pied, emporté par la mécanique folle d'un déni aux proportions bibliques. Alain prie pour que le sort les épargne, pour que ce grand jour en soit un de fête et de guérison. Or un nom resurgit au détour d'une phrase, un nom maudit remonté du fond de sa mémoire, là où gisent la honte et la douleur des années sombres, un nom que rejoignent bientôt une voix, un corps, une histoire. Un fantôme se fait chair, qui a plusieurs visages. Et tout ce qu'on a voulu oublier, tout ce qu'on a refusé de voir, tout ce qu'on a détesté vient réclamer son dû. Comme on fait son lit on se couche. Car la vie, ya Alain, est un piège qui sommeille dans la prison du temps. Oui, la vie, ya ebni, souviens-t'en, ne dure pas: quelques joies, de grandes peines, mille secrets, mille dangers.