a bilingual novel/un roman bi-langue
A friendship between two women begins and ends with a needle. This novel set in Montréal harnesses the power of the French and English languages and charges them with new energy and rhythms.
Ariane Claude has Elizabeth to thank for teaching her to speak her mind. And at nineteen, cette Montréalaise has plenty to say. But then, she is stopped in mid-sentence as Elizabeth is struck and killed by a car. How will Ariane practise without her mentor? Aucun problème. She will speak for two. Soon, a hybrid language rolls off her tongue, Elizabeth’s English and Ariane’s native French woven so fine they can no longer be separated. Just like the clothes Ariane sews by hand, transforming bedspreads, curtains, maman’s wedding dress. The fibres remain while form and function change. And so trying new patterns, she discovers irresistible connections between two cultures.