Laurence Provencher

    Mother and daughter drift through pretend lives in a convincing and gripping story.

    Despite the strange impression that she has a split personality, Cléopâtre must find a way to do well in college. And moreover, a way to avoid disappointing her boastful mother.
    — Excerpt — How might she explain that her reflexes and decisions didn’t belong to her, that she completed tasks, and sometimes even perform small feats, without having the intellectual or artistic abilities required to do so? Who would understand that when she looks at photos or handcrafted knickknacks brought back from a trip, she is horrified that she remembers nothing, horrified that these objects mean nothing to her, as if a stranger had won a competition or had visited some monument in her place?


    Claudia Larochelle

    Three memories kick off a powerful and uncompromising tale of self-destruction

    "One of the advantages of growing old is certainly that you're better able to deal with unlove, no longer waiting for flowers or looking for them." Claudia Larochelle revisits the troubled teenager, then the scorned young woman she once was, grappling with bullies, predators and "looters of despair".

  • HOME PORTS Let’s Revolutionize our Friendships !
    HOME PORTS Let’s Revolutionize our Friendships !

    Karine Côté- Andreetti

    A resolutely feel-good yet thorough and thought-provoking essay on adult friendships

    Creating and maintaining friendships is difficult for adults. Resigned, we laugh (hollowly) as we send memes and tell ourselves we’ll get together when we’re not quite so tired. And yet it’s not normal to live separate, parallel lives. It’s an unnatural catastrophe. Friendship is an abiding and underestimated love that saves lives. What might we gain from using it as a cornerstone on which to rebuild our personal, collective, and public life? These stories and reflections are a personal, universal, and audacious manifesto for breaking the codes that limit possibilities and help us reconnect with our so-called “village.” Friendship can be our lodestar, and we must quickly rekindle its light.

  • EVERYONE LOVES TO DANCE Advocating for Freedom of Movement
    EVERYONE LOVES TO DANCE Advocating for Freedom of Movement

    Chloé Rochette

    A skillful and inspiring reassessment of the culture of well-being

    As the fitness industry becomes increasingly prosperous by feeding on our unattainable ideals, our anxiety, and our need to belong, moving has become an imperative rather than an activity that is natural, childlike, and inherent to the human condition. Movement has become a tool of measurement, transformation, comparison, and alienation. And for it to count, it must be done according to specific requirements. To reverse this narrative, Chloé Rochette aims to convince us that moving is first an act of love, one that is instinctive and magical. Drawing on the scientific literature, her own work experience, and that of the women who’ve crossed her path, she locates the breaking points as well as the opportunities to discover movement.

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