Nominated by:

Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Montreal, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Biblioasis, Canada

The Orange Grove

Larry Tremblay      

Translated from the original French by Sheila Fischman

2017 Longlist

In an unnamed and war-torn country, twin brothers Amed and Aziz live in the sanctuary of the family’s orange grove. But when a bomb comes from “the other side of the mountain” and kills their grandparents, their father must choose how best to avenge his parents’ death, with tragic and unforeseen consequences.

Morally complex and completely unforgettable, Larry Tremblay’s bestselling The Orange Grove offers up a tragic fable about the absurd logic of terrorism, the power of brotherly love, and the hope for peace in a broken world.

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About the Author

Larry Tremblay is a writer, director, actor and kathakali specialist. Translated into a dozen languages, his acclaimed theatrical works have been produced in many countries. He has published a collection of stories, Piercing, and his novel The Bicycle Eater was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His plays, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, The Ventriloquist, Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre, and The Ax, are considered classics. Tremblay’s novel The Obese Christ, was a finalist for the Prix littéraire des collégiens and The Orange Grove won the 2015 Prix des libraires du Québec in its original French.

Librarian’s Comments

Larry Tremblay’s ability is not so much to weave a storyline as to unravel one with finesse and beauty.

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