A Season in the Life of Emmanuel
First US English-language edition
|Original title||Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel|
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US)
Jonathan Cape (UK)
Published in English
The novel centres on a large rural farm family in Quebec headed by domineering matriarch Antoinette, and depicts their lives around the time of the birth of Emmanuel, the family's sixteenth child. The novel focuses primarily on Emmanuel's teenage siblings Pomme, Héloïse, "Septième" (Fortuné-Mathias) and Jean-Le Maigre, who are all in some state of rebellion against the family order; in its themes of moral and sexual transgression, the novel is part of the anti-terroir tradition in Quebec literature.
The novel was adapted for film by director Claude Weisz in 1972.
The novel won the Prix Médicis and the Prix Jean-Hamelin in 1976.
The novel was selected for the 2008 edition of Le Combat des livres, in which it was defended by actor and director Serge Denoncourt.