Douglas & McIntyre
The Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle

Book details:

June 2003
ISBN 978-1-55054-991-1
Paperback - Trade
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
356 pages
Fiction
$24.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Heart Is an Involuntary Muscle

Employing her signature wit and charm combined with her gift for insight into human nature, Monique Proulx’s entertaining new novel illuminates the life of writing and writers.


Monique Proulx’s last novel, Invisible Man at the Window, was first published in English in 1994. Following that is this brilliant, complex, witty, moving book about writing and writers. It was nominated for a 2002 Governor General’s award when it was first published in French.

Florence doesn’t like writers—they’re so full of hang-ups—and she likes their books even less, those corpulent things that aren’t even true. She only likes Zeno, but she’ll never admit it, even under pain of death. Zeno is her partner in their small website construction business, Mahone Inc., which has the brilliant idea of putting lesser-known artists and writers back in the limelight.

Zeno, on the other hand, loves writers, especially Pierre Laliberté, the mysterious and mythic novelist who lives like a recluse while awards and trophies tarnish and gather dust waiting for him. Because of Zeno, because of a stolen sentence, Florence finds herself following a trail that could lead her to Pierre Laliberté, this impostor who pillages other people’s lives as inspiration for his novels.

Proulx plays with the mystery genre, to write about literature and those who create it. But above all this is a book whose engaging characters pull us into their lives.

About the Author

Monique  Proulx

Monique Proulx

Monique Proulx is one of Quebec’s most popular authors. A novelist, story writer and screenwriter, she has published five previous works of fiction, including ...

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