Fiction. Women's Studies. Translated by Aimee Wall. In 2012, Vickie Gendreau was diagnosed with a brain tumour and wrote a book narrating her own death. TESTAMENT (Book*hug, 2016) could have been Gendreau's first and only novel, but she kept writing, furiously, until the very end. Published posthumously after Gendreau's death in 2013 at age 24, DRAMA QUEENS continues her exploration of illness and death that began in TESTAMENT, but with even greater urgency and audacity. In her singular voice, Gendreau mixes genres and forms, moving from art installations to fantastical little films to poetry, returning again and again to a deeply raw and unflinching narrative of her increasingly difficult days. With rage, dark humour, and boundless spirit and imagination, DRAMA QUEENS records the daily life of a young woman living with a failing body, the end in sight, and still so much to say.
Vickie Gendreau was born in Montréal in 1989. While working in Montréal strip clubs from October 2009 to June 2012, she was also active in the literary community, where she participated in events like the Off- Festival de poésie de Trois-Riviéres. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012 and passed away a year later. Her first novel, Testament, written after her diagnosis, was published in fall 2012. It was longlisted for the 2013 Prix littéraire France- Québec. Her second novel, Drama Queens, was published posthumously in 2014. Both of her novels have been translated into English by Aimee Wall and published by Book*hug: TESTAMENT in 2016, and DRAMA QUEENS in 2019.Author City: Montreal CAN
Newfoundland-native Aimee Wall is a writer and translator. She has translated several novels, including Jean-Philippe Baril Guerard's SPORTS AND PASTIMES (Book*hug, 2017), Vickie Gendreau's DRAMA QUEENS (Book*hug, 2019) and TESTAMENT (Book*hug, 2016), and Maude Veilleux's Prague, a co-translation with Aleshia Jensen. Her first novel, We Jane, is forthcoming from Book*hug. She lives in Montréal.Author City: Montreal, QC CAN