The Perfect Circle

Translated by Sheila Fischman

ISBN: 9781897151044

Price: $22.95

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.12" x 7.61"

Publication Date: Oct 20, 2006

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC044000 FICTION / Contemporary Women

Shortlisted, 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Quiviger’s prose flits across lofty queries and explores them with a lucid and gripping poetic style.”
The Globe and Mail

“With The Perfect Circle, Quiviger gives us a wholly satisfying novel – one that stimulates the intellect while inflaming the senses.”
Montreal Gazette

“Quiviger’s prose will seduce the romantic with its many charms, while satisfying the realist with its challenging portrayal of a modern relationship that attempts to bridge two cultures, two languages, and two independent personalities.”
Quill & Quire


Marianne, a young Montrealer, has come to live in Tuscany to draw and write and examine her life. Here she meets Marco, a temptingly seductive man who still lives in his mother’s house in the village and who’s not prepared to commit himself to anything resembling a shared life. Though he breaks her heart, again and again, Marianne can only avoid him by returning to Canada.

This first novel by Pascale Quiviger is marked by its luminous language and its unstinting look at what makes Marianne, and Marco, and, indeed, an entire village and the world beyond it, tick.