“Les peaux cassées,” a review

by Richard Dallaire

Éditions Alto, 2013

“‘Markets were up this morning despite the forecast depression and the expected loss of 3,500 retail jobs. The central bank lowered its key interest rate by…’ Carole switched off the radio. News has an absence of poetry that tends to bring us crashing back down to the harsh reality of our existence.”

It’s this lack of poetry that Richard Dallaire tries to make up for with Les peaux cassées, a story that unfolds between a Great Depression and the “Great Upheaval” (the birth of a couple’s…