Review of Still Lives

Still Lives

Nepveu treats the themes of fatherhood and solitude with the kind of profound dignity that so often eludes male novelists.

La Presse

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Still Lives

The novel reads beautifully, with an eloquence that allows readers to exit it both lost and found. It is the tale of one lonely man among lonely millions who admits he 'was not destined for great things. He was not born under one of those lucky stars that confer opulent lives and glorious deaths on men.' Perhaps not. But under Nepveu's dextrous hand, the life of this anti-hero shimmers with grimly beautiful intensity.

The Globe & Mail

Still Lives

Still Lives is both brutal and tender, and Nepveu's insights and painstaking detail give it a strange, lyrical resonance that belies the monotony of Jerome's life. The narrative Nepveu's lyrical passages relates is achingly down-to-earth.

The Montreal Gazette

Still Lives

Poet and novelist Pierre Nepveu stands out for the quality of his writing—carefully chosen words, sentences that flow one into the other.

Le Soleil

Still Lives

It has taken six long years for Pierre Nepveu to produce this second novel, but it has been well worth waiting for. Nepveu's writing is reminiscent of the best of André Major, Jacques Poulin, Gabrielle Roy and André Langevin. At the same time, he is truly unique. He describes ordinary people lovingly; he speaks of solitude and pain with gentle words. With an attention to the most minute, yet powerful, details, with long sentences infused with poetry, he so captivates us that what troubles us most is coming to the end of the book.


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