Mama's Boy

By David Goudreault
Translated by JC Sutcliffe

Mama's Boy
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Winner of the 2016 Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault

Written with gritty humour in the form of a confession, Mama's Boy recounts the family drama of a young man who sets out in search of his mother after a childhood spent shuffling from one foster home to another. A bizarre ... Read more


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Winner of the 2016 Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault

Written with gritty humour in the form of a confession, Mama's Boy recounts the family drama of a young man who sets out in search of his mother after a childhood spent shuffling from one foster home to another. A bizarre character with a skewed view of the world, he leads the reader on a quest that is both tender and violent.

A runaway bestseller among French readers, Mama's Boy is the first book in a trilogy that took Quebec by storm, winning the 2016 Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault, and selling more than twenty thousand copies. Now, thanks to translator JC Sutcliffe, English readers will have the opportunity to absorb this darkly funny and disturbing novel from one of Quebec's shining literary stars.

David Goudreault

David Goudreault is a Quebecois novelist, poet, columnist and social worker. He has published three novels with Stanké, including La Bête à sa mère (Mama's Boy, Book*hug Press, 2018); Le bête a sa cage (Mama's Boy Behind Bars, Book*hug Press, 2019); and Abattre la bête (forthcoming in English from Book*hug Press in 2020). He has also published three poetry collections with Écrits des Forges. He was the first person from Quebec to win the Poetry World Cup in Paris (2011), and he has also received many other awards, including the Médaille de l'Assemblée Nationale (2012), the Prix des Nouvelles Voix de la Littérature (2016), the Prix de la ville de Sherbrooke (2016), the Grand Prix Littéraire Archambault (2016) and the Prix Lèvres Urbaines (2017). His work has been published internationally in France and Mexico. Goudreault lives in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

JC Sutcliffe

JC Sutcliffe is a writer, translator, book reviewer, and editor who has lived in England, France, and Canada. She has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, the Globe and Mail and the National Post among others.

Awards

  • Grand Prix littï??raire Archambault 2016, Winner

Reviews

"Everyone must read this novel by David Goudreault. He is a slammer, a poet, and now an incredible novelist. " --Kim Thuy

"A tour de force first novel: percussive, with vivid imagery, chiselled and rhythmic, a novel one will not easily forget. " --Huffington Post

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