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Dominique Fortier

  • Original Title: LES VILLES DE PAPIER
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: ALTO
  • Country: CA
  • 192 print pages
  • Biopics


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 19th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Life choice, Identity crisis, Looking back on one's life, Facing failure, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Integration, Commitment


A poetical novel on the life and work of Emily Dickinson.


Translation rights sold: World English, France, Macedonia, Armenia, Albania, Ukraina, Italy

Dominique Fortier is an awarded Canadian author. Her novel AU PÉRIL DE LA MER won the prestigious Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général in 2016.


A “roman poetique” on Emily Dickinson, written by a contemporary poet. The author intertwines her real story (her stay in Boston for a while, her relationship with her own house, her personal pain for the death of a sister). At the center of the book is Emily. The fil rouge is the house and the feeling of being at home.

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  • Author’s biography

    Dominique Fortier was born in Quebec City in 1972 and now lives in Outremont. She holds a PhD in French literature from McGill University and has worked as a translator and editor.

    She published her first novel, DU BON USAGE DES ÉTOILES in 2008. She won a Gouverneur général's Literary Award in 2016 for her novel AU PÉRIL DE LA MER.