Crossing the CityFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889228931 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 192 pages | Pub. Date: 2014
8.5 W × 5.5 H × 1 D inches
Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: FIC019000
ISBN 13: 9780889228931 | Rights: WORLD

The story continues … The second in Michel Tremblay’s new series of novels presents two very different lives. We meet Maria as she leaves the city of Providence, Rhode Island, pregnant and alone. Two years later, we also meet Maria’s older daughter, Rhéauna, as she disembarks the train at Windsor Station, having crossed the continent from her grandparents’ farm in Saskatchewan, called home to Montreal to care for her one-year-old baby brother, Théo, while Maria works.

Along the way, Crossing the City affectionately and accurately depicts Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood at the beginning of the last century. Readers will delight in the small details of description, and Tremblay fans will revel in the backstory to the characters of his great Chronicles of Plateau Mont-Royal, particularly of his mother, celebrated as Nana throughout his work, including as his famous Fat Woman next door. In this novel, Nana is the young Rhéauna, reunited with her mother, Maria, for better or for worse.

Crossing the City continues the Desrosiers Diaspora novel series.

By Michel Tremblay

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about Michel Tremblay


By Sheila Fischman

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Read more about Sheila Fischman


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news | 2017-07-21
Cross your heart and hope to read

…Crossing the Continent , and the second as well: Crossing the City . …


news | 2015-01-16
Book Review: Michel Tremblay’s Crossing the City in the Montreal Gazette

…chronicle rolls on” – and see highlights below. Crossing the City is the follow-up to Crossing the Continent and … Fischman’s great credit that at not one moment in Crossing the City does the reader sense that something might be …


news | 2014-10-10
Crossing the City Is Here

…Diaspora series is hot off the presses! In Crossing the City , we meet Maria as she leaves the city of … mother, celebrated as Nana throughout his work. Crossing the City was translated by Sheila Fischman and is …


news | 2014-07-23
Our Fall 2014 Lineup!

…into English by Jessica Moore ($14.95). Crossing the City is the second in Michel Tremblay’s latest novel …