In bookstores on February 25, 2021
A novel by Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay
Published at Leaf Merchant
First novel written by a trans woman in Quebec, La fille d’elle-même is the first novel by Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay, first seen in the film Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau of Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie.
On the edge of a coniferous forest, a little girl is born into a boy’s body. Shoes always too small, mushroom haircut, she is treated like a missing girl, smokes cigarettes to not grow up and does drag during her adolescence with the photo of a dead boy in her wallet until she gives birth to herself by leaving the earth at the origin of her sadness to live with the one whose laughter smells of peony flowers and cedar thorns.
An epic story of identity, of a quest both in love and a member La fille d’elle-même fits in the literature of transidentity like Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Orlando by Virginia Woolf but offers here for the first time the landscape of Quebec with its salty river that swallows the evil and pain of girls who dream of setting fire.
Gabrielle Boulianne Tremblay is a writer and actress. Known for her role in the film Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau, for which she earned a nomination for the Canadian Screen Awards as Best Supporting Actress. Les Secrets de l’origami, her first collection of poetry, was published in 2018 by Del Busso Publisher. La fille d’elle-même is her first novel.