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The Montreal Massacre
Adult Nonfiction
Pages: 308
Themes: Montreal Massacre, …cole Polytechnique, mass murder, feminism, violence against women
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 10/Nov/2020
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Fourteen young university students, murdered because they were women, are memorialized in this definitive account of a tragic day that forced a reckoning with violence against women in our culture. Each of the victims of what became known as the “Montreal Massacre” are remembered, their lives cut short on December 6, 1989, when a man entered their school and systematically shot every young woman he encountered, motivated by a misogyny with roots that go far beyond one man and one day.

Quill & Quire, starred review
★“Boileau’s approach has the double effect of humanizing that list of names and ages we associate with December 6 and making the reader feel the loss of these young women and their futures all the more keenly.”
The Globe and Mail
“As well as being a touching portrait of the 14 women who were murdered, Ms. Boileau's book illuminates the social and political upheaval in Quebec after the shooting, specifically around the question of whether it was the work of a madman, or the manifestation of a belief system that held women and girl's lives to be of little value.”
Montreal Gazette
“A touchstone for our collective grief ... the book stands as an accessible, far-reaching and in-depth tribute to (the victims).”
Chatelaine
“Paints a vivid picture of the lives lost and dreams dashed.”

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