The Weight of the Snow
Just outside a small village with no electricity, two men – Matthias and an injured young man who has been entrusted to his care – find themselves together in the sun lounge of a formerly grand but now abandoned house. Their agreement is that the old man will nurse the younger man back to recovery in exchange for firewood, food and, most of all, for a place in the convoy which will depart for the town the following spring.
As the snow grows ever deeper around them, each day brings with it its own assortment of challenges. Huddled by the wood burner, these two individuals laboriously develop a mutual understanding through their conversations and the visits of Joseph, Jonas, Jean, Jude, José and the beautiful Maria. Rumours from the village permeate into their isolated environment, the winter weighs heavily on them and the tension is palpable. Will they be able to hold out?
WINNER – PRIX LITTÉRAIRE DES COLLÉGIENS
WINNER – PRIX RELÈVE MONTÉRÉGIE
FINALIST – PRIX DES LIBRAIRES DU QUÉBEC
FINALIST PRIX LITTÉRAIRE FRANCE-QUÉBEC
312 pages, 978-2-924519-29-5, 25,95 $,
Rights : Langue anglaise (Talonbooks), France (L'Observatoire, J'ai lu), Audio français (Audible), Italie (Marsilio), Albanie (Aleph Klub), Arménie (Guitank), Espagne (Seix Barral), République Tchèque (Argo)