Piers’s Desire was launched at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal, April 23, 2010. Since then, several readers have written to me with comment. If you’d like to respond, drop me a note – firstname.lastname@example.org
CORALIE DUCHESNE, Rover writer
Marianne, I bought your book in hard cover–couldn’t wait to get it at the cheaper price! And indeed I have almost reached about 3 quarters of the way through it. I am enjoying it very much; it certainly has a sense of place and the descriptions of Avignon make it fascinating. I also find the varied characters and the dynamics of their inter-action intriguing. Magali is a very well drawn character and entirely believable–And I’ve always had a yen for ‘tough guy’ yet intellectual male characters in real life as well as fiction. The war era romance and the ‘Resistance’ also brings back memories of conversations with French friends who lived through the German invasion and the final days of the war. Reading it is altogether a rich experience. I don’t know how you left the south of France and came back. May 19, 2010
KLARA DUPLESSIS – student in my playwrighting course at McGill University
At the book launch, you mentioned that one shouldn’t read your novel too fast, but I must confess that I couldn’t put it down! And, after spending a semester discussing dramatic reversal and disclosures, I couldn’t help but notice how there was a new disclosure in almost each of your chapters! Hope you are doing well! All the best, Klara.
May 9, 2010
HELETTE GAGNON friend from my writing workshops in Provence (who kindly read an earlier draft)
Still loved the book. Just sat in the sun on the weekend and ate it up. It seems that Pier’s desires are more complex in this version, maybe harder to understand but more mysterious as well. Great Job! And yes it reminded me of my stay in Avignon. Those Moroccan boys, the easy cafés and the wonderful market where I had the best goat cheese of my life. Take care, Helette.
April 26, 2010