The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
Written by Gaetan Soucy
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Publication Date August 01, 2007
The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, originally published in French as La Petite Fille qui Aimait Trop les Alumettes, dominated the bestseller lists and captured major media attention when it appeared in Quebec. It was the first novel published in Quebec ever to be nominated -- let alone become a finalist -- for France's prestigious Prix Renaudot.
It is a magic-realist story of a boy and girl who grow up isolated (except through books and fairy tales) from the outside world and who must confront it together upon their father's suicide. Soucy's signature playfulness, surprising twists, and fascination with guilt, cruelty, and violence make The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches a triumph.
Gaetan Soucy has written four novels to acclaim in Canada and abroad, including The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, Atonement, Vaudeville, and The Immaculate Conception, which was a finalist for the 2006 Scotiabank Griller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. Soucy teaches philosophy and lives in Montreal.
Sheila Fischman was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the translator of more than 150 novels. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, the Canada Council Translation Prize, and the Molson Prize for the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal.