Sandrine's parents are dead—or they are about to be. Her father, certainly; her mother, not quite yet. Alone and suffering from an incurable disease, the eleven-year-old girl finds companionship in her doctor, Tiresias, who morphologically changes sex in unpredictable ways and seemingly without anyone noticing.
The Neptune Room, a melancholic tale about the mysteries of identity and the power dynamics associated with it, opens a door unto a universe of agonies: the long agony of an entire civilization and, microscopically, the spectrum of pain experienced by a young girl and those around her. Voicing anguish and perpetual mourning, The Neptune Room is a poetic novel, at once artful and compassionate, kaleidoscopic in its chronology, and resoundingly sombre. It is about change, great and small, and all the little deaths along the way—both public and private. It embodies a puncto reflexionis—a turning point piecing together the tender, terrible, unmistakable puzzle that is life.
Praise for Readopolis, winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation:
"This is a book for book lovers. " —Publishers Weekly
"Readopolis is a stylistically ebullient interrogation of the effect that literature has on the readers who consume it. " —Quill and Quire