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Joanne Proulx

" is impossible not to marvel at Proulx's mastery. The degree of her accomplishment—it is rare that a novel is so finely realized—resides largely in the first-person voice that claims this coming-of-age story.” –The National Post


The First Time It Happened, I was bullshitting...

Joanne Proulx's debut novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet won Canada’s Sunburst Award for Fantastic Fiction and was named a best debut by The Globe and Mail and Kirkus Reviews. A feature film adaptation of the novel is scheduled for release in 2018. Her sophomore novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls, will publish under the Hamish Hamilton Imprint with Penguin Canada in the fall of 2017. Her other writings include 

  • My Father published in Upstairs at Duroc: New Writing & Art from Paris. Issue 5
  • The Taste of Orange Published in Exile, The Literary Quarterly. Volume 27, No. 4
  • Hard to Move Published in Maisonneuve, Issue 24
  • Breathing Under Water, Bennington Review, June 2014

A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, Joanne lives, writes and teaches in Ottawa, Canada.


Praise for Proulx

"Proulx succeeds in overturning the caricature of the morose, inarticulate teenager, to create a first person narrative voice that, while colloquial, is richly detailed and highly nuanced."—The List, UK

"Proulx's message is expertly wrapped in her storytelling."—The Globe and Mail

"Proulx has a way of painting the perfect picture of Luke while capturing the complexities of teenage and high school life. …[her] writing is smooth, flowing effortlessly from chapter to chapter giving just enough info to keep you wanting more."—

"With her first novel Proulx shows herself to be a master empathetic storyteller with the tale of a seventeen year-old boy who foresees the deaths of others."Largeheartedboy, US