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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-091-0
Pages: 352
Publish Date: May 2012
Genre: Fiction

Vandal Love

A Novel

BY Deni Ellis Béchard

A family curse—a genetic trick resulting from centuries of hardship—causes the Hervé children to be born either giants or runts. Book One follows the giants, beginning with the boxer Jude’s escape from a brutal life with his baby daughter, Isa; Book Two belongs to the runts, who discover that their power lies in a kind of unifying love. But none of the Hervés can abandon their longing for a place where they might find others like themselves.

In assured and mystically powerful prose, Deni Y. Béchard tells a wide-ranging, spellbinding story of a family trying to create an identity in an unwelcoming landscape. Imbued throughout with a deep sensitivity to the physical world and hailed upon it’s Canadian publication as a “trans-generational On The Road” (The Globe and Mail), Vandal Love is a breathtaking literary debut about the power of love to create and destroy—in our lives, and in our history.



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Editorial ReviewGoodreads Review

“[T]he author clearly has ambitions as big as his talent, but readers of this lyrical novel will hope he gets back to fiction soon.”

Kirkus Reviews

“If this unusual story—like its characters—occasionally seems to wander without a clear destination, the final stunningly poignant pages prove that Béchard knew exactly where he was taking us all along.”

O Magazine

“Storytelling at its best.”

Barbara Hoffert, Book Review Editor of Library Journal


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Deni Ellis Béchard

Deni Ellis Bechard has written three books, traveled in over fifty countries, and reported from India, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Northern Iraq.

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