Ceux qui restent

Ceux qui restent

by Marie Laberge
  • critically-acclaimed
  • french-from-quebec
  • from-quebec
  • literary

How many people are affected to the very core when someone commits suicide? How many wounds are inflicted on those left behind? No one emerges unscathed. Charlène, Vincent, Mélanie, Stéphane, Muguette are all broken souls, their vitality stifled by the brutal death of Sylvain. Each reacts in his or her own way. They fight as best they can, with the weapons they have. The violence of this act of suicide has a long-term impact on their very existence. But life is a powerful force, very powerful.

An action novel filled with emotion and reflections on life, a profoundly human novel, Ceux qui restent gives voice to strong and engaging characters. Despite the harshness of the facts it recounts, this novel focuses above all on those whom we speak of so little and whom we leave to face the unnameable and the unbearable alone, because society so often dwells on the act rather than on those who must live with its consequences.


Marie Laberge, author

Author, playwright, actor and director, Marie Laberge has created a richly emotional body of work over the years that has earned her numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Literary Award and the Prix Ludger-Duvernay of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, as well as several People’s Choice Awards. From family saga to police intrigue, she navigates easily between genres, serving up powerful texts to her readers. Her famous trilogy, Le Goût du bonheur, has sold more than 900,000 copies in the Francophonie.


  • The woman of theatre and the novelist meld perfectly as one. Marie Laberge holds us riveted, caught up in her characters. - Danielle Laurin, Le Devoir
  • If emotion is at the heart of this novel, the author never forgets the effectiveness of secrets, skilfully contrasting the tone of the characters and the complexity of family relationships, delighting us with the sense of a well-honed formula. - Chrystine Brouillet, Salut Bonjour
  • Highly ambitious, compelling and absorbing, a book of faith in life, fever-paced and beautiful. Pick it up and you won’t be able to put it down. - Olivia de Lamberterie, Télématin


  • Prix littéraire France-Canada 2017

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Québec Amérique

email: avaliquette@quebec-amerique.com

website: https://www.quebec-amerique.com

rights sold: France

rights available: World, excl. French

Additional Information

number of pages: 504

publication date: 10/26/2015

Original language of pub: French | Français

Materials Available: finished book