by Marie-Eve Cotton
  • debut
  • french-from-quebec
  • from-quebec
  • literary

In the psychiatric wing of Montreal’s Holy Mother Mary Hospital, Pivot, a.k.a. Hadrien Jalbert, is waiting for the umpteenth incarceration engineered by the dark forces of “the System” that’s been persecuting him for years to come to an end.

His companions in misfortune are completely stir crazy, but Pivot likes them all the same. There’s Jesus, a young Haitian who thinks he’s the son of God; The Alleycat, an ageless hobo who talks to Lilliputians in a languageonly he knows; Jonathan Livingston, who was committed because he wanted to launch himself from the top of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge; and, of course, The Stranger, Mary, an Inuit from Nunavik haunted by the desperate cries of the dying people she hears in the walls, in the ground and in her belly. Pivot, who earned the name of a famous French literary TV host because he’s educated and voluble, can’t find the words to help her.


Marie-Eve Cotton, author

Marie-Eve Cotton is a psychiatrist based in Montreal. She has often spoken out in the media, particularly about the expert psychiatric opinions in the Turcotte affair, a prominent murder trial. Pivot is her first novel.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature

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rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 320

publication date: 03/27/2017

Original language of pub: French | Français

Materials Available: finished book