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    ISBN: 9781772012224 | Paperback

    240 pages | Pub. Date: 20190325
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
    Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC028070
    Rights: WORLD


A badly injured man. A nationwide power failure. A village buried in snow. A desperate struggle for survival. These are the ingredients of The Weight of Snow, Christian Guay-Poliquin’s riveting new novel. After surviving a major accident, the book’s protagonist is entrusted to Matthias, a taciturn old man who agrees to heal his wounds in exchange for supplies and a chance of escape. The two men become prisoners of the elements and of their own rough confrontation as the centimetres of snow accumulate relentlessly. Surrounded by a nature both hostile and sublime, their relationship oscillates between commiseration, mistrust, and mutual aid. Will they manage to hold out against external threats and intimate pitfalls?

Longlisted 2020 The Sunburst Award

"There are four hundred times more descriptions of snow than you'd find in the average novel, yet that is precisely the right amount."
New York Magazine

"It’s not easy to make such a simple story both profound and compulsively readable, but Guay-Poliquin pulls it off in this literary page-turner."
Montreal Review of Books

"Guay-Poliquin has somehow managed to turn descriptions of a long black highway through the prairies and a snow-filled landscape seen through a cabin window into an engrossing world where nothing monumental needs to happen in order to keep his readers – at least this one – hooked."
—Patty Osborne, Geist magazine

By Christian Guay-Poliquin

Christian Guay-Poliquin was born in Saint-Armand in 1982. He is now developing a thesis project on the hunting narrative and also works in renovation. The pencil behind his ear serves to mark his measures as much as it does to record his ideas. Les fil de kilometres (La Peuplade, 2013) is his first novel, now published in English as Running on Fumes.

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Translated by David Homel

Award-winning author and literary translator David Homel also works as a journalist, editor and screenwriter.

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news | 2020-03-19
Christian Guay-Poliquin speaks with Seven Days Vermont

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news | 2019-02-05
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