In the Côte-des-Neiges area of Montreal, the first stop for many new immigrants, live people of more than 100 nationalities. Marcelo, the sensitive son of Chilean refugees, and Cléo, a shy boy from Haiti find friendship on the track, winning a major realy race together. Years later, in the same streets, two violent gangs, the Latino Power and the Bad Boys, confront each other, and their leaders must decide whether they will be united by their childhood friendship, or divided by race. A seminal statement about multicultural societies, this brilliantly constructed, deeply felt novel set off a controversy when it was first published in French. It's appearance in English is a literary event not to be missed.
Dawn Cornelio is an Associate Professor and Head of French Studies at the University of Guelph. She has published numerous brief literary translations in Sites, along with Jean-Michel Maulpoix’s collection of poetry Monologue de l’encrier/The Inkwell’s Monologue. Her research interests include both the theory and practice of literary translation and contemporary French women’s writing. Since January 2009, she has been the editor of Women in French Studies.
Dawn enjoys reading contemporary French and Francophone fiction, and having the opportunity to work with texts and writers to bring them into English.