Short-listed for the 2004 Governor General s Award for
Translation (French to English), winner of the 2002 Prix
Anne-Hebert, of the 2002 Prix Odyssee for best first novel and of
the 2001Prix France-Quebec/Jean Hamelin Set on the rugged north
shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, The Iguana tells the realistic,
yet fabulous, story of an extraordinary friendship between two
young boys who appear to have nothing in common except a tragic
loneliness. Recently, the narrator's safe world was shattered by a
snowmobile accident involving his parents, and he was taken in by
his grandparents in the village of Ferland. Slowly, he befriends
his classmate Luc Bezeau, a misfit who takes refuge from a brutal
home environment in a magical undersea realm inhabited by fantastic
beings. Together, the boys construct new reasons for living, which
launch them on a wild, adventurous search."
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