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Back Roads

Written by Andrée A. Michaud • Translated by Juliet Sutcliffe

Published March 10, 2020 | ISBN 9781487005801
FICTION / Crime

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184 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

Back Roads

Andrée A. Michaud • Juliet Sutcliffe

In the dubious sanctuary of the forest, a writer encounters a woman whom she suspects may be her double. So begins a journey of enquiry in which nothing, not even the author’s own identity, is certain. Who is Heather Thorne? Is she just a stranger struck by amnesia, the victim of an accident or a crime? Who is the author? Is her own name not in fact Heather Thorne?

Rich with a profound sense of the wintry boreal forest, where nothing is ever entirely known , the celebrated and prize-winning Quebec noir novelist Andrée A. Michaud once again defies categorization in an ethereal mystery of fragmented memory that meditates on the very process of literary creation.

About the Creators

Andrée A. Michaud

ANDRÉE A. MICHAUD is one of Quebec’s most beloved and celebrated writers. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, the Prix Ringuet, and France’s Prix SNCF du Polar. Her novel Boundary was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction. Back Roads is Michaud’s eleventh novel and the second to be published in English. She was born in Saint-Sebastien de Frontenac and continues to live in the province of Quebec.

Juliet Sutcliffe

JULIET SUTCLIFFE is a translator, writer, and editor. She has written for the Globe and Mail, the Times Literary Supplement, and the National Post, among others. Her translations include Mama’s Boy and Mama’s Boy Behind Bars by David Goudreault, Document 1 by François Blais, and Worst Case, We Get Married by Sophie Bienvenu. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Awards and Praise

PRAISE FOR ANDRÉE A. MICHAUD

“[Andrée A. Michaud] deserves to be better known as one of the best writers in ‘North America.’” — World Literature Today

“[Andrée A. Michaud’s] writing is lyrical and layered.” — Kirkus Reviews

“For over thirty years, Michaud has built a legion of readers enthralled by her singular brand of lit-myst hybrid fiction.” — National Post