Chrystine Brouillet’s reading suggestions for October 8, 2022

Chrystine Brouillet shares her literary favorites of the moment.

Marianne Marquis-Gravel


Marianne teaches at the same college as Simon. They become friends. Then in love. He’s the man of her life. His life which takes another direction when Simon Roy is diagnosed with incurable cancer. Which does not prevent him from writing a book, “My end of the world”, where he speaks of his condition and of death with stunning transparency.

“In the light of our ignorance” is a moving echo to this text: unusual by osmosis, of a staggering fluidity, of a poetry which translates as much the impotence as the wisdom of admiring the veins of a leaf, the heart crushed with pain or the incredible distortion of time. Writing about the strange frontier that separates the before from the after, thus offering us this sublime love letter, is perilous, but Marianne Marquis-Gravel has the grace and strength of a tightrope walker. An author is born.

Emmanuelle Favier

Albin Michael

1812, Sophie Rostopchine flees Moscow for Paris. The future Comtesse de Ségur keeps a diary. That she hides from everyone in a box. Which will be lost, then reappear over the next few centuries, carried along by banal or extraordinary events, attracting the attention of some, being forgotten by others. We follow this strange itinerary with growing astonishment as a fresco of history that attaches to spoliation takes shape, becomes clearer, extends before our eyes, dazzled by so much erudition!

Emmanuelle Favier weaves the web of humanity, its greatness and its cowardice by evoking Marguerite Yourcenar and the courageous Rose Valland who protected the treasures of the Louvre, by taking us to Drouot, by constantly exposing us to the question of transmission, cultural heritage with an absolutely stunning talent.

Mind blowing intelligence!

Louise Dugas

Guy Saint-Jean

Louise Dugas, despite her crazy schedule as editor, has found time to volunteer to walk SPCA dogs. It was in a shelter that she met Dina, a maladjusted dog after having spent four months in a cage, asocial and threatened with euthanasia. How can you resist the gaze of this astonishing ball of fur? Louise, who doubted her parental abilities, had to show infinite patience to earn Poupette’s trust, and yes, the path to living well together was strewn with doubts and discouragement, but love is stronger than everything and reading this wonderful story where there is as much lucidity as benevolence is a balm for the soul. Emotion and smiles are on every page!

Virginie Despentes


Oscar, a little-known writer, reviews on Instagram Rebecca, an actress in her fifties. Who answers him in a scathing way. A strange correspondence begins between them where it will be a question of Corinne, Oscar’s sister whom Rebecca knew as a teenager, of Zoé who denounces Oscar’s harassment of her on social networks, of the many faces of feminism and of the fact they need to stop getting high…

Formidably paradoxical characters, unusual situations, a striking style: we are delighted to find Virginie Despentes in great shape, succeeding as always in making us reflect on the excesses of our society with a caustic irony.

Ismael Lemonnier

Hugo thriller

In the heart of the catacombs of Paris a man is found decapitated, his head replaced by that of a bull. Clément Charrier, new recruit to the crime squad, is obviously shocked. And intrigued: is the murderer alluding to mythology? A second, equally bloody murder confirms his intuition: the psychopath is a scholar who seems to be recreating Dante’s universe, the Hell of his Divine Comedy. How will Clement be able to stop this carnage? And get along with the boorish Captain Lothar Kessel?

Sensitive souls, go your way: the apocalyptic images of this thrilling novel which introduces us to an underground Paris will give nightmares to many readers…and will delight lovers of thrills!

TM Logan

Hugo Thriller

On a train taking her back to London, Ellen agrees to babysit the baby of a young stranger for a few minutes, the time for a call. But the mother does not return and as the train arrives at a station, Ellen sees the woman getting off the train. Then finds a note in the baby’s belongings where the mother begs him to protect her. Without telling the police, “Trust no one,” she wrote. Really nobody?

Not a second of respite with this electrifying thriller! Our heart beats faster and faster as Ellen tries to understand and then escape the threats hanging over little Mia. A very successful thriller that will perhaps make us more suspicious…

Annie Roy


On September 11, 1975, Nicole Juteau was the first woman to become a police officer in Quebec thanks to her perseverance, only men being admitted to the college program in police technology. This tenacity allowed her to resist the bullying that marked her debut at the Sûreté du Québec where she was welcomed as a “job thief” by her colleagues, where she lived with the constant pressure of never disappointing, of doing proven to earn the trust of peers and superiors. She thus arrived at this role that she liked so much: double agent. Many criminals were not sufficiently wary of this beautiful woman who claimed to want to buy drugs…

A course where adrenaline was at the rendezvous, even if it was very different from what we are presented with in the cinema!

Chrystine Brouillet’s reading suggestions for October 8, 2022