Daniel Grenier was born in Brossard, Quebec, in 1980. His debut short story collection, Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri was published in 2012, and his first novel, L’anée la plus longue (The Longest Year), won the Prix littéraire des collégiens and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Fiction, the Prix des libraires, and the Prix littéraire France-Québec. Grenier has also translated numerous English-language works into French. Grenier, who says that writing the first sentence of a work is the most important for him (it allows the rest to come rushing after), lives with his family in Quebec city.
The Longest Year
“Spanning three centuries and set against the backdrop of the Appalachians, from Quebec to Tennessee, The Longest Year (House of Anansi) is a magical and poignant story about family history, fateful dates, fragile destinies, and lives brutally ended and mysteriously extended.”