Some of the classics I’ve read, like Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode (1965; Trans. Sheila Fischman, 2001), Marie-Claire Blais A Season in the Life of Emmanuel (1965) and Anne Hébert’s In the Shadow of the Wind (1982) but there are gaps here too (like all of Blais’ Soifs series, but that would be a project all on its own).
And somehow I made it out of high school French, without reading either Ringet’s Thirty Acres (1938) or Louis Hémon’s Maria Chapdelaine (1915). (Although I was envied for having missed the latter.)
And, even though I read the beginning of Michel Tremblay’s The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant and absolutely loved it (1978; Trans. Sheila Fischman, 1981), somehow it got set aside before I finished, with the other volumes in the Chroniques du Plateau Mont-Royal. Ditto for the collection Montreal Noir (edited by Facques Filippi, 2017), which I only dabbled in before returning it to the library unfinished.
Also on my list? When I was a girl, I saw a dramatization of Roger Lemelin’s Les Plouffe (1948), which I loved, and I’ve heard so many good things about Fanny Britt’s Hunting Houses (2015; Trans. Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli, 2017) and Gaétan Soucy (in general).