A suspended circus of forbidden loves, La garçonnière revolves around an unconventional atmospheric and intellectual relationship between a woman and a man, Mara and Hubert. They are the best of friends, symbolic brother and sister, lovers, sweethearts, doubles of themselves, and excessive. Forbidden love carries an extraordinary load of tenderness, and at the same time an almost tragic fatality. To think that we should need more than one life—and more than one certainty—to comprehend this… From Beirut to Prague, from Noranda to Péribonka: there are rails, wild territories, ice rinks, letters, much travelling. Bodies like continents. Imaginary trains and a bachelor’s flat.
I read La Garçonnière in a sort of crazed fervour. The characters in this story captured me. A magnificent achievement. You can’t help but wish to reread this puzzle of a novel, to plunge back into its pages to savour every aspect of it. Mylène Bouchard strikes hard and true.
Yvon Paré, Le Quotidien
La Garçonnière is a real joy. An ode to love. Using a very innovative style, with fluidity, airiness and energy, Mylène Bouchard delivers a novel full of softness, a condensed sort of poetry, nuanced by a relatively tragic plot.
Benoît Liodenot, Impact Campus
What emerges from this book is an indefinable atmosphere that we may call grace. A sublime writing style. Recommended.
Monique Roy, Châtelaine
Something of a mystery remains in this rich, dense narrative that eventually gets you right there. Forbidden love remains altogether unexplained, inexplicable. And tragic. The more we read, the more the author’s writing matures, the more instants of grace come flooding in. Until the final scene, which borders on the sublime. Here’s one author we are sure to follow.
Danielle Laurin, Le Devoir
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