Woman in Valencia, The

By Annie Perreault
Translated by Ann Marie Boulanger

Woman in Valencia, The
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While on vacation with her family in Valencia, Claire Halde witnesses a shocking event that becomes the catalyst for a protracted downward spiral and a profound personal unravelling as she struggles to come to grips with her role in the incident. This haunting novel, which unfolds ... Read more


Overview

While on vacation with her family in Valencia, Claire Halde witnesses a shocking event that becomes the catalyst for a protracted downward spiral and a profound personal unravelling as she struggles to come to grips with her role in the incident. This haunting novel, which unfolds across three timelines set in as many decades, takes the reader on a dark journey through the minds of three women whose pasts, presents and futures are decided by a single encounter on a scorching summer afternoon.

Reviews

&ldquo A resounding success! [The author's] dedication to finding exactly the right word is rare indeed. A joy for wordsmiths, and an author to watch out for. &rdquo (Josée Boileau, Journal de Montréal)

&ldquo A novel in which inaction and avoidance collide, in a masterfully fictionalized retelling of a real-life event experienced by the author. As disturbing as it is moving. &rdquo ????? (Isabelle Houde, Le Droit)

&ldquo With her finely honed writing style, the author explores the themes of avoidance, powerlessness in the face of incomprehension, and empathy as a middle ground. &rdquo (Mario Cloutier, La Presse+)

&ldquo A beautiful novel that deftly addresses the themes of empathy, indifference, and attachment. &rdquo (Nathalie Roy, Salut Bonjour Weekend)

&ldquo Alternating between tragedy and light, this debut novel forces the reader to question their own sense of compassion and empathy. &rdquo (Claudia Larochelle, L'actualité)

&ldquo A beautiful novel and an engaging style that stays with the reader. &rdquo (Yvon Paré, Littérature du Québec)

&ldquo With pitch-perfect prose and an ear for rhythm, Annie Perreault explores the physical and psychological ramifications of anxiety with intelligence and sensitivity. &rdquo (Anne-Frédérique Hébert-Dolbec, Le Devoir )

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