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LLP Fall 2016

Last Bullet Is for You, The
By (author): Martine Delvaux
Martine Delvaux


Linda Leith Publishing



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Paperback , Trade
Aug 09, 2016
$14.95 CAD
Out of stock indefinitely


8in x 5 in | 350 gr

Page Count:

132 pages
Linda Leith Publishing
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept is the title of Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart?s classic hymn to love, which novelist Angela Carter once described as being ?like Madame Bovary blasted by lightning.? Later, Carter wrote privately to a friend, saying that she would hate any daughter of hers to have to write such a novel, adding, ?By Grand Central Station I Tore Off his Balls would be more like it, I should hope.? And now along comes Montreal novelist Martine Delvaux with The Last Bullet Is for You. This stream-of-consciousness novel takes the form a love letter, but it is the last one. One last letter filled as much with the memory of love as the desire for revenge. Love is war, wrote Ovid, and this book is a battleground. Writing is both an act of passion and the means to end it once and for all. Writing is the last bullet, shooting through the love story and into what is left of the lover: a ghost, a fiction. And maybe that?s what he was from the start.

Novelist Martine Delvaux was born in Quebec City and brought up in a francophone village in Ontario. She is the author of over a dozen novels and non-fiction essays and is very popular in French-speaking media as a speaker and pundit. Her first book in English, Bitter Rose was published by LLP to critical acclaim in 2015. This was followed by The Last Bullet is For You (LLP, 2016), Nan Goldin The Warrior Medusa (LLP, 2017), and White Out (LLP, 2018). Delvaux studied in the United States, taught in England, and now lives in Montreal, where she teaches women?s studies at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Fans of the gritty realism in works by Quebec authors such as Heather O'Neill or Rawi Hage will find another favourite in Delvaux. ?Dora Cerny

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