Eric Dupont is an author, teacher and translator from Montreal. His French-language novel La Logeuse won the Combats des livres. He was a finalist for both the Prix litteraire France-Quebec and the Prix des cinq continents. He was the winner of the Prix litteraire des collegiens and the Prix des libraires. His fourth novel, The American Fiancee was on the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist and was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for translation.
Francophones are at the heart of our history, our identity, and our success as a country. For centuries, Francophones have helped build the strong, inclusive Canada we know today - while Francophone voices have brought Canadian stories to the world. Thanks to writers like Eric Dupont, that's as true today as ever. The American Fiancee is a testament to the power of storytelling - and the Canadians who bring that tradition to life. --Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The American Fiancee is a wild, joyful cacophony of rumors, tragedies, and loose ends that come together in a gravity-defying feat. Like the best of family lore, it will remind you of the first tales you were ever told, and why you love stories in the first place. --Thea Lim, author of An Ocean of Minutes I loved The American Fiancee for its heart and scope. Dupont leads us through the tale with grace, cunning, wit, and high intelligence. It's a brilliant tribute not only to the unforgettable Lamontagne clan, but to the art of storytelling. --Patrick deWitt, author of French Exit Dupont's spellbinding tale spectacularly drives home the wonders of long-form storytelling. --Booklist (starred review) Dupont's bruiser of a novel begins as a traditional family saga set in a small, early-20th-century Quebec village before swerving into new, less linear, and more psychologically demanding territory. Everyone's version of events differs here; there's no trusting who's hero, victim, or villain--or what's real; parallels accumulate; every casually mentioned detail becomes important as truths are revealed.... the sweet, sour, and salty world Dupont creates is thoroughly addictive. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Both heartbreaking and hilarious. --Publishers Weekly