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The Laws of the Skies

The Laws of the Skies

By Gregoire Courtois
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Categories: Fiction
Paperback : 9781552453872, 154 pages, May 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770565968, May 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770565951, May 2019

Once upon a time, a class of six-year-olds heads into the forest for a camping trip. The innocent children play games where they imagine monsters everywhere: the creaking of trees becomes a growl, the tree trunk becomes an ogre.

But this fairy tale doesn’t have a happy ending. Monsters really do exist: accidents, illness, the murderous impulses of a classmate. One by one, ‘happily ever after’ evaporates for the children and their chaperones, as, one by one, like all nature’s creatures, they must learn the laws of the skies.


‘Unflinching in its savagery, the nightmarish poetry of this modern Lord of the Flies is undeniable … Far from being an exercise in idle cruelty, this wicked novel plumbs the darkest reaches of childhood fears and finds plenty to be afraid of. ’ – Publishers Weekly, starred review

‘Singular and uncompromising, carried by the sober and strangely empathic prose of its author, this novel is a forest from which you can never extricate yourself completely. ’ – Voir