Fiction. Translated by Michelle Winters. Emma and Gregory have a perfect life—a gorgeous home, a successful design firm—except for their inability to start a family. Following a traumatic failed pregnancy, they decide to travel to Russia to adopt a pair of twin boys. From the moment they board the plane in St. Petersburg, the twins begin to demonstrate perverse behaviour that grows increasingly ominous, driving a wedge between Emma and Gregory, and alienating their friends and family. The two brothers show worrying signs of lack of empathy, and seem to leave behind a trail of disturbing incidents, and rumours persist as the boys grow into teenagers—even as Emma continues to cling to her dream of the perfect family. A dark, violent, and tense novel, DANIIL AND VANYA shows the bond between parent and child gone horribly awry.
"DANIIL AND VANYA has none of the gentleness for which Canadian literature is sometimes known... The book goes in swinging and doesn't stop until it's gripped you with its haunting brutality to where you can't look away."—Michelle Winters
Marie-Hélène Larochelle is an Associate Professor at York University. Her research is about violence in contemporary French literature. She is the author of two scholarly books, and numerous collective scholarly publications. Daniil et Vanya (Éditions Québec Amérique, 2017) and in english DANIIL AND VANYA (Invisible Publishing, 2020) is her first novel, and her second novel, Cyan, will be published in 2020. She lives in Toronto.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN