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Finalist for the 2015 Giller Prize

Finalist for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award

One of Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year, 2015

A twenty-five-thousand-copy bestseller in Quebec, Arvida, with its stories of innocent young girls and wild beasts, attempted murder and ritual mutilation, haunted houses and road trips heading nowhere, is unforgettable. Like a Proust-obsessed Cormac McCarthy, Samuel Archibald's portrait of his hometown, a model town design by American industrialist Arthur Vining Davis, does for Quebec's North what William Faulkner did for the South, and heralds an important new voice in world literature.

Samuel Archibald teaches contemporary popular culture at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he lectures on genre fiction, horror movies, and video games, among other subjects.

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    Life in a company town

    Archibald builds a collection of stories around the characters, myths and legends that arose in his hometown, Arvida - a town constructed in 137 days and named after its founder. With a touch of horror, a measure of gothic mystery and a large dose of humanity these stories could be set in any company town across Canada, those communities built around industry, but now fading and disappearing.

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