Fiction. Translated from the French by JC Sutcliffe. Written with gritty humour in the form of a confession, MAMA'S BOY recounts the family drama of a young man who sets out in search of his mother after a childhood spent shuffling from one foster home to another. A bizarre character with a skewed view of the world, he leads the reader on a quest that is both tender and violent. A runaway bestseller among French readers, MAMA'S BOY is the first book in a trilogy that took Quebec by storm, winning the 2016 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault, and selling more than twenty thousand copies. Now, thanks to translator JC Sutcliffe, English readers will have the opportunity to absorb this darkly funny and disturbing novel from one of Quebec's shining literary stars.
"David Goudreault will captivate you from the first line!"—Kim Thuy
"A tour de force first novel: percussive, with vivid imagery, chiselled and rhythmic, a novel one will not easily forget."—Huffington Post
JC Sutcliffe is a writer, translator, book reviewer, and editor who has lived in England, France, and Canada. She has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, The Globe, Mail, the National Post, among others. Her recent translations include MAMA'S BOY by David Goudreault (Book*hug, 2018), DOCUMENT 1 by François Blais (Book*hug, 2018), and WORST CASE, WE GET MARRIED by Sophie Bienvenu (Book*hug, 2019) and MAMA'S BOY BEHIND BARS (Book*hug, 2019).Author City: USA
David Goudreault is a Quebecois novelist, poet, columnist and social worker. He has published three novels with Stanké, including La Bête à sa mère (MAMA'S BOY, Book*hug Press, 2018); La Bête et sa cage (MAMA'S BOY BEHIND BAR, Book*hug Press, 2019); and Abattre la bête (forthcoming in English from Book*hug Press in 2020). He has also published three poetry collections with Écrits des Forges. He was the first person from Quebec to win the Poetry World Cup in Paris (2011), and he has also received many other awards, including the Médaille de l'Assemblée Nationale (2012), the Prix des Nouvelles Voix de la Littérature (2016), the Prix de la ville de Sherbrooke (2016), the Grand Prix Littéraire Archambault (2016) and the Prix Lèvres Urbaines (2017). His work has been published internationally in France and Mexico. Goudreault lives in Sherbrooke, Quebec.Author City: SHERBROOKE, QC CAN