The Light That Remains



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The despair of refugees has haunted us long before the civil war in Syria. Lyse Champagne’s evocative new story collection attempts to put these collective and individual tragedies into an historical context.

Two Armenian sisters write to each other in the year leading up to the deportations. A young Ukrainian mother embroiders her life story as famine threatens. A boy travels to Hong Kong by train while the Japanese march towards his hometown of Nanjing. A Jewish girl collects words and falls in love as she hides in a French mountain village in 1942. A Cambodian refugee recalls his childhood in his home country and his new life in Canada on a makeshift stage. A Rwandan family prepares to emigrate days before President Habyarimana’s plane is shot down. These stories span the twentieth century and reach into the twenty-first. We discover letters, maps, and the kindness of strangers. Word lists, a falling piano, and young love. Hiding places, history lessons, and conversations around the table. Music, a makeshift stage, and life breathed into memories.

Visit The Light That Remains’ companion website to explore these stories further.

SELECTION – Danuta Gleed Literary Award shortlist, 2016
“With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.” – Jury Comments, Danuta Gleed Literary Award
“Champagne has put a face and intimate details to all of these tragedies. They become individual tragedies, not just geo-political calamities … She carries you through each story like you are in a sailboat pushed by gentle breezes over calm waters.” The Ottawa Citizen

“Champagne’s writing is consistently pristine” The Winnipeg Review

“harrowing [and] haunting” – Winnipeg Free Press



LYSE CHAMPAGNE writes in French and in English. Her stories have appeared in Descant, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room of One’s Own, Windsor Review and Wascana Review. Her first book, Double Vision, a memoir about growing up French in Ontario was published by Key Porter and her play, Chicane de famille, won the David Smith Playwriting Prize. She lives in Ottawa with her family.

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Weight 7 kg