Fanie Demeule

Anita Anand

March 2020

Told with startling, unapologetic honesty and in a haunting, minimalist style, Lightness is the story of a woman's profound sense of alienation, beginning with her own physical body and its desires. In this original and moving take on anorexia, we go deep into the mind of the narrator as she carries out her secret, prolonged hunger strike against the constraints of her life.

The original French version of Lightness (Déterrer les os) won the Best First Novel Prize at the Biennale littéraire des Cèdres in 2018 and was adapted for stage at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui in Montreal.

"At only 26, Fanie Demeule's sharp pen has crafted a shocking first novel." 


FANIE DEMEULE is working on a doctorate at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she now teaches. Her second novel, Roux clair naturel (Hamac, 2019) was published to much acclaim. With Lightness, she appears in English for the first time. She lives in Montreal.

ANITA ANAND is an author, translator and language teacher from Montreal. She is the winner of the 2015 QWF-Concordia First Book Prize for Swing in the House and Other Stories. Her translation of Nirliit, by Juliana L/veill/-Trudel waas nominated for the 2018 John Glassco Prize. She is currently working on a novel.

$16.95 | ISBN: 9781773900520




Format: Trade paper

Size: 8.5 x 5.5 in.

Pages: 85

What they say
From the French press

"At only 26, Fanie Demeule's sharp pen has crafted a shocking first novel. A brief incursion into the life of a woman struggling with her body, this window into self-effacement is striking. Demeule masterfully chronicles the negative effects of day-to-day life on an unnamed narrator, revealing the ravages and scars left on her body by society and family."

“A knock-out punch about self-loathing and its devastating effects. Demeule succeeds, in under a hundred pages, at making the descent into anorexia a believable hell. By deftly avoiding pathos and self-pity, Lightness offers a refreshing insight into mental disorders and the accompanying psychological distress. A first novel that will leave no one indifferent. Demeule is an author to watch.”
Les libraires

“The language may be familiar but Fanie Demeule injects a great literary force that insists we give voice to the troubles inhabiting the bodies of women. Demeule writes from a place of astonishing strength.”
Gabrielle Doré, Le fil rouge

“I am transfixed by this masterpiece of accuracy and honesty. Remember her name. I am convinced we will read it again.”
Martine Levesque


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