Told with startling, unapologetic honesty and in a haunting, minimalist style, Lightness is the story of a young woman's profound sense of alienation, beginning with her own physical body and its desires. In this original and moving take on anorexia, we go deep into the mind of the narrator as she carries out her secret, prolonged hunger strike against the constraints of her life.
The original French version of Lightness (Déterrer les os) won the Best First Novel Prize at the Biennale littéraire des Cèdres in 2018 and was adapted for stage at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui in Montreal.
"At only 26, Fanie Demeule's sharp pen has crafted a shocking first novel."
BRONZE for the First Fiction Miramichi Very Best Book Award
FANIE DEMEULE is working on a doctorate at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she now teaches. Her second novel, Roux clair naturel (Hamac, 2019) was published to much acclaim. With Lightness, she appears in English for the first time. She lives in Montreal.
Author website: faniedemeule.com
ANITA ANAND is an author, translator and language teacher from Montreal. She is the winner of the 2015 QWF-Concordia First Book Prize for Swing in the House and Other Stories. Her translation of Nirliit, by Juliana Léveillé-Trudel was nominated for the 2018 John Glassco Prize. She is currently working on a novel.