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A Secret Between Us

November 2007

“Poliquin’s A Secret Between Us deals with the way a war and its aftermath is experienced in a unique cultural setting, where ethnicities intermingle against a complex historical background. It is rendered in prose that blends hyperrealism with kinetic lyricism. …The Giller nomination ought not to have surprised as many as it obviously has. It’s not just that Poliquin’s earlier novels have been highly praised… it’s that A Secret Between Us is world class.”

Books in Canada, Nov 30, 2007
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A Secret Between Us

November 2007

A Secret Between Us is nestled in with Michael Ondaatje and M. G. Vassanji on the short list for this year's $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. If it is a dark horse in this race, it is also a wild ride, more unbroken stallion than trained thoroughbred... A Secret Between Us is funny. It is the first-person narration of a robust French Catholic named Lusignan. …How can we not love Lusignan? He falls from grace in the military without the slightest care, he pursues one woman while sleeping with another. He drinks, he lets his emotional wounds fester rather than tend them. He is so corporeal, so human, we know him from the first sentence: ‘I am the flesh made word.’ Indeed.”

The Globe & Mail, Nov 3, 2007
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A Secret Between Us

November 2007

“The story is surprisingly involving. The evocative economy with which Poliquin writes (or Winkler translates) is a marvel of sensible sing-song sentences of pure poetry and storytelling.”

CD Syndicated, Nov 3, 2007
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A Secret Between Us

November 2007

NB Telegraph Journal (Saint John, NB) interviews Daniel Poliquin: “I now believe you should burn all your bridges with every book, otherwise, you end up repeating the same stuff, and you become boring. …I have nothing left in me now, I am emptied out, but it doesn’t matter, inspiration has a way of replenishing itself.”

New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, Nov 1, 2007
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A Secret Between Us

October 2007

“[Poliquin’s] Ottawa, viewed in all its uptight glory from the skewed and skewering perspective of a charismatic Franco-Ontarian outsider, charlatan and gigolo manque, is a welcome and fitting satire of a time and place that, in our literature, is often read as lofty and aloof."

Ottawa Citizen, Oct 14, 2007
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A Secret Between Us

October 2007

The devil is in the details, where he rightly belongs. …A Secret Between Us is a welcome contrast to the vast library of earnest self-important historical novels about great Canadians and their important deeds.

Vancouver Sun, Oct 6, 2007
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