Born in 1957 in Saguenay, the award-winning writer Lise Tremblay is one of Quebec’s most prominent novelists. Her first novel, L’hiver de pluie, was published by XYZ Éditeur in 1990 and won the Prix Découverte du Salon du livre du Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean and the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize. Following this promising debut, Tremblay continued to wow critics with her skillful craft, winning the Governor General’s Award for Fiction with her third novel, Mile End. The jury for the prestigious prize praised Mile End as a “forceful, highly intense novel accentuated by a temperance in the writing which shatters received ideas.” The essence of Tremblay’s literary universe is exemplified by the clear-eyed observation of its characters and the world in which they evolve; the language is precise and unsentimental, holding up a mirror to our own existence and hurling us, in spite of ourselves, towards the pits of reality.
Tremblay currently teaches literature at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.
Winner 1999 Governor General's French Fiction Award