Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

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The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

House of Anansi Press

It caused a sensation in Quebec. It rocked France's literary establishment. It's been translated into more than ten languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Finnish.

Gaétan Soucy's second novel with Anansi, originally published in French as La Petite fille qui aimait trop les alumettes, dominated the bestseller lists and captured major media attention when it appeared last year in Quebec. It was the first novel published in Quebec ever to be nominated -- let alone become a finalist -- for France's prestigious Prix Renaudot.

It is a magic-realist story of a boy and girl who grow up isolated (except through books and fairy tales) from the outside world and who must confront it together upon their father's suicide. Soucy's signature playfulness, surprising twists, and fascination with guilt, cruelty, and violence make The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches a triumph.

Gaétan Soucy has written three novels, all to rave reviews in Quebec and abroad. He lives in Montreal.

Sheila Fischman is the pre-eminent translator of French fiction in Canada.