Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs Book Club discusses The Future by Catherine LeRoux

We will meet at Mac's Backs (1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights) at 7 p.m.

A woman seeking justice in an imagined Detroit discovers resilience and resistance where she least expects they will be found. Looking for answers, and her missing granddaughters, Gloria moves into the house where her daughter was murdered. A stranger in a Fort-Detroit neighborhood coping with the ongoing effects of racial and economic injustice, she finds herself surrounded by poverty, pollution, violence--as well as the resilience of the residents, in whose stubborn generosity and carefully tended gardens she finds hope. When a strange intuition sends her into the woods of Parc Rouge, where the city's orphaned and abandoned children are rumored to have created their own society, she can't imagine the strength she will find. Set in an alternate history in which the French never surrendered the city of Detroit, where children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves, where rivers poison and heal and young and old alike protect with their lives the people and places they love, Catherine Leroux's The Future is a richly imagined story of community and a plea for persistence in the face of our uncertain future.

"This atmospheric novel elevates disparate voices, drawing a complex picture of community-focused life beyond the family unit."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An inherently fascinating, original, and carefully crafted novel that raises 'alternate history' science fiction to a high level of literary eloquence, The Future is unique, entertaining, and highly recommended."
--Midwest Review of Books

Catherine Leroux is the author of three highly praised novels and an innovative sequence of short stories. Her first novel,La marche en forĂȘt (2011), was a finalist for Quebec's Booksellers' Prize. Her bestselling second novel, The Party Wall, a translation of Le mur mitoyen, won the France-Quebec Prize in the original and, in translation, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. In the United States, The Party Wall was a prestigious Indies Introduce selection. Leroux's story sequence, Madame Victoria, won Quebec's Adrienne Choquette Prize and was a finalist for the Booksellers' Prize. The French original of The Future (L'avenir) won the Jacques Brossard Prize and was a finalist for the Imaginary Horizons Prize. Catherine Leroux works as a translator and editor in Montreal. She was awarded the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for Translation.

Susan Ouriou is an award-winning fiction writer and literary translator with over sixty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children's and young adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation for which she has also been shortlisted on five other occasions. Susan lives in Calgary, Alberta.

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.


Event address: 
Mac's Backs Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
The Future (Biblioasis International Translation #44) By Catherine LeRoux, Susan Ouriou (Translator) Cover Image
By Catherine LeRoux, Susan Ouriou (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771965606
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Biblioasis - September 5th, 2023