The Girl Before, the Girl After

By Louis-Philippe Hébert
Translated by Jonathan Kaplansky

The Girl Before, the Girl After
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This is the story of a man who would rather remain anonymous. He has his reasons. The boutique where used to work has been condemned, and so has the house where he rented a room, torn down to make way for a luxury hotel. His demanding boss vows her love for him; he feels compelled ... Read more


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This is the story of a man who would rather remain anonymous. He has his reasons. The boutique where used to work has been condemned, and so has the house where he rented a room, torn down to make way for a luxury hotel. His demanding boss vows her love for him; he feels compelled to perform. Then she fires him. The woman he loves, the much younger wife of a professor who dies in mysterious circumstances, has disappeared. Is he merely a pawn? Life holds many secrets, especially when, like in a game of chess, the pawn reaches the last row. We understand that a person can only be exploited so far . . .

Louis-Philippe Hébert

Louis-Philippe Hébert is an award-winning author of ten books of poetry and prose in French and English. His poems, short stories, and reviews have been published widely in literary magazines and newspapers in Canada and internationally. He participated in many poetry readings and festivals around the world. He lives near Montreal, Quebec.

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