Winner, Governor General's Award for Fiction
Shortlisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Commonwealth Writers' Prize
A 16th-century belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza — this is the heroine of the novel that won the 2003 Governor General's Award. Elle is a lusty, subversive riff on the discovery of the New World, the moment of first contact. Based on what might be a true story, the novel chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's ill-fated third and last attempt to colonize Canada. In this readers' guide edition, Douglas Glover's carnal whirlwind of myth and story, of beauty and hilarity brings the past violently and unexpectedly into the present. His well-known scatological realism, exuberant violence, and dark, unsettling humour give his unique version of history a thoroughly modern chill.
Lawrence Mathews teaches English at Memorial University. He has published stories in numerous anthologies and journals and is the author of The Sandblasting Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of the Burning Rock, a group of Newfoundland writers that includes Michael Winter and Lisa Moore.
Shortlisted: IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Shortlisted: Commonwealth Writer's Prize
"Douglas Glover imagines our history as no one else can . . . Equal to Solomon Gursky in its contribution to Canadian mythography." — Toronto Star
"Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny." — Macleans
"A packed read, delivering imagery, history, humour, and wonderfully creative writing." — Edmonton Journal
"A wickedly smart narrative and a post-modern, wise-cracking approach to history." — Calgary Herald
"A boisterously bawdy re-dreaming of the birth of the nation." — Kitchener-Waterloo Record
"A historical novel with a postmodern heart . . . Elle occupies a frozen nether world between fantasy and reality." — Winnipeg Free Press
"Lascivious, bizarre, entertaining... Glover has a wonderful facility for imagery, language, farce, and the grotesque." — Quill & Quire
"Historical fiction at its most innovative, a seriously whimsical book full of arcane lore from the first days of the European settlement of the New World. A remarkable, wondrous experience." — Wayne Johnston
Pub date: November 8, 2010