Dandelion Daughter

Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay
Translated by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

Awards: Prix des libraires 2022

Dandelion Daughter is an intimate portrait of growing up having been assigned the wrong sex at birth. Set against the windswept countryside of the remote Charlevoix region some five hours north of Montreal, Boulianne-Tremblay's autobiographical novel immortalizes her early years as an alienated boy trapped in a world of small-town values. In the midst of her parents' dissolving marriage, Boulianne-Tremblay takes us through the complex adolescent years of self-discovery and first loves, to the harrowing episodes that fuel the growing realization that she must transition and give birth to her new self if she is to continue living at all. One of the first novels of its kind to appear in Quebec, this inspiring story has connected with a wide readership and has been adopted by many schools.

Esplanade Books


Three hundred pages of heartbreaking storytelling, right from the start.La Presse

A literary marvel, one of those that remain in our minds forever.Elle Canada

Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay is a writer, actor, model, and trans activist. The first trans woman to be nominated as an actress at the Canadian Screen Awards, her other publications include two poetry books Le Ventre des volcans and Les secrets de l'origami.

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is the author of knot body, shortlisted for a QWF award, and The Good Arabs, which won the 2022 Grand prix du livre de Montreal.
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