The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaetan Soucy
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Alone with their authoritarian father on a vast estate where time has stopped, two siblings speak a language and inhabit a surreal universe of their own making, shaped by their reading of philosophy and tales of chivalry. When their father dies and the children set out to bury him, they encounter the inhabitants of the neighboring village, and the pair's cloak of romance and superstition falls away to reveal the appalling truth of their existence. A brilliant, masterful story in which nothing is as it first seems, The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches is a triumph of suspense, linguistic invention, and playfulness that peers into the heart of guilt, cruelty, and violence.
 

About Gaetan Soucy

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Gaétan Soucy was born in Montreal, Quebec on October 21, 1958. He studied physics at Université de Montréal, completed a Master's degree in philosophy, and studied Japanese language and literature at McGill University. His first novel, L'Immaculee Conception (The Immaculate Conception), was nominated for the 2006 Giller Prize. His other works include L'Acquittement (Atonement), La Petite Fille Qui Aimait Trop les Allumettes (The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches) and Music-Hall! (Vaudeville!). He taught philosophy at a college near Montreal. He died of a heart attack on July 9, 2013 at the age of 54.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by House of Anansi Press. 156 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The latter’s death, and the impingement of the “real world” on the siblings’ forced solitude, are narrated in hushed tones that resonate with both suggestive psychological complexity and the emotional coloring of an ancient ballad or folktale.

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When it appeared in 1998, Soucy's work received critical raves and was the first novel published in Quebec ever to be nominated for France's celebrated Prix Renaudot.

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The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches is like that only worse because there are several twists, the first one on page 50 of a 138 page book and so I’m going to focus on the first 49 pages of this book as if I’d never read the rest which means that some of the things I’m going to tell you wi...

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