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Little Beast

Category: Book
By (author): Demers, Julie
Translated By: Mullins, Rhonda
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Small Town & Rural
Awards: Governor General's Award for French-to-English Translation (2015) Winner
Publisher: Coach House Books
Published: April 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 8.25in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*A little girl with a beard must find herself a home in this contemporary fairy tale. 1944. Rural Quebec. The man of the house isn't home. He hasn't been back since he noticed a full beard growing on his daughter's face. She is kept inside, and thick curtains are put up on the windows, attracting as much attention as they divert. One day, men come to the house to see about the girl, including the parish priest and the mayor. They break down the door, manhandle the mother, and find the girl hiding. She runs out into the night. Left to her own devices in the harsh wilderness, she makes her way through snow and wind, finding shelter and food where she can. While barely surviving, she contemplates her attraction and aversion to men and considers mammals, sleep, and god. She is eventually captured by two hunters, who have already captured a bear. She is put in a cage, and they take her back to the village, intending to claim a reward. She is eventually freed and goes home of her own volition, shaving her beard before she walks through the door, only to have it grow back instantly.
Review Quote*A cryptic forest prayer, a tale of cruelty, the travelogue of a runaway, Little Beast weaves a remarkable tone with touches of raw naturalism, boreal surrealism, and dreamlike anthropomorphism. Demers's narration, with its classic childlike candor, contains a sort of brutality, revealing the hypocrisy of the adult world.'- Le Devoir
Biographical NoteJulie Demers ?was born in Quebec City in 1987, grew up in Drummondville and now lives in Montreal. A film studies graduate, she heads up workshops across Canada on Quebec cinema, and her work has appeared in cultural magazines. This is her first novel. Rhonda Mullins ?won the Governor General's Award for Translation and has translated many French novels into English, including mostly recently And the Birds Rained Down and Suzanne.