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And the Birds Rained Down
By (author): Jocelyne Saucier Translated by: Rhonda Mullins
9781552452684 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 15, 2012
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.15 x 7.79 x 0.52 in | 0.51 lb 160 pages Coach House Coach House Books
Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation 2013, Short-listed CBC Canada Reads 2015, Short-listed
A CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection
Finalist for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for French-to-English Translation

Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves.

But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history.

A haunting meditation on aging and self-determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour. It was winner of the Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada, the Prix des collégiens du Québec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal.

’Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque, this novel is delightfully baroque and, although short, so striking it will simply never leave you.’
The Coast

Jocelyne Saucier is the author of several novels and the recipient of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Ringuet de l'Academie des lettres du Quebec. She was born in New Brunswick and now resides in Abitibi, Quebec. Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montreal. And the Birds Rained Down , her translation of Saucier's Il pleuvait des oiseaux , was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, as was her translation of Elise Turcotte's Guyana.

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