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The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre

by Sarah Kathryn York

The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre

The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre. A Montreal anatomist hopes the preserved body of a giant will yield up the secrets of a man, in this first short story collection.

A Montreal doctor investigates the cadaver of the famous Willow Bunch Giant, trying to solve the mystery of why the preserved body is shrinking. His own physical limitations add an urgency to his research, as his body too is failing; a rare condition means it is gradually absorbing its own bones.

The giant's body has been ravaged not only by the treatment it received immediately after Edouard's death — being paraded in shop windows and in freak shows — but also by the attentions of a professor who in 1907 bought the body for his experiments and classes.

But the strictly clinical and physical isn't enough, and the anatomist begins to reveal the story of the man through a series of events selected from his short life. Beginning with a sixteen-year-old's dreams of being a cowboy, it follows Edouard's seemingly inevitable move into strongman displays and freak sideshows, showing the uneasy mix of his need and desire for money with his self-dislike and weariness of being unable to escape his stature. The spectre of his physical weakness — caused, conversely, by his size and superhuman strength — is ever-present, as first his muscles and later, his lungs, begin to fail.

By the book's close, the physical mystery is solved, a paper published, acclaim afforded, but the narrator understands he is perhaps farther than ever from understanding Edouard Beaupre's true anatomy.

Reading Group Guide for comparative novels, The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre and Annabel 

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4.5" x 6" 216 pages
16,95 CDN; 16.95 USD
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Fiction Tradepaper Adult
Sarah Kathryn York
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About the Author

Sarah's short fiction has appeared in Canadian and American literary journals, including the Danforth Review and the Pisgah Review. A graduate of the University of Toronto Creative Writing Master's Program, she holds an M.A. in English and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Waterloo.

A former university instructor, she divides her time between the great north and the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Sarah is a native of Toronto and a dual citizen. The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupre is her first published book.



Finalist, First Book, 2013 High Plains Book Awards

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