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The Bookseller

by Monique Proulx

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list price: $17.95
category: Fiction
published: 1997
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada

Paul Stevens is a bookseller in the marginalized world of used books, a lover of Flaubert and Dickens, young, unsure of himself - until he meets Judith and is drawn into her secret world.

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Contributor notes

Matt Cohen's books include the highly praised novels The Disinherited, The Spanish Doctor, and Emotional Arithmetic, the film version of which is scheduled to be shot in the summer of 1998. Last Seen has sold in Germany and the U.S., and movie rights have been sold in Canada. It was also adapted for CBC radio's "Between the Covers," read by R.H. Thompson. Matt Cohen lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Review

"Vividly observed and arrestingly well written--. An atmospheric, polished, pensive and suspenseful tale." -The New York Times
"Rich with the bittersweet fragrance of autumn and the magic of words." -Vancouver Sun
"A penetrating view of the underside of the human condition that never fails to convince us that there are tragic songs still to be written from that vantage point.... The result is like poetry written on a worn-out dollar bill." -The Montreal Gazette
"Cohen's investigation of unlikely, yet inevitable, human interdependence is wise and sensitive." -Publishers Weekly
"A powerful novel, peopled by a vividly-drawn cast of characters." -London Free Press
"A spare and disturbing meditation on familial obligations and affections.... A concise, chilly work, an unblinking examination of the manner in which love and hate intertwine. Deeply compelling." -Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Monique Proulx

Monique Proulx is one of Quebec’s most popular authors. A novelist, story writer and screenwriter, she has published six works of fiction, including Sex of the Stars, The Invisible Man at the Window, Aurora Montrealis, The Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle, which was a finalist for the 2002 Governor General’s Award for fiction (French language) and a selection for the 2004 CBC Canada Reads competition, and Wildlives. She also won the 1993 Prix Quï??bec-Paris, le Signet d’Or de Plaisir de lire, le Prix des libraires du Quï??bec and le Prix littï??raire Desjardins. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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