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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,743 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Tessa, chanteuse classique convertie en courtière immobilière, vend des maisons et ne va pas bien. Elle élève trois fils qu’elle adore avec un homme qui la chérit. Dans trois jours, elle a rendez-vous avec Francis, un ancien amour qui n’a jamais guéri. Entre-temps, il y aura des visites de propriétés, des cabines d’essayage, des cours de natation, des ponts en bâtons de po ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 26th 2015 by Le Cheval d'août éditeur
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Ariane J'hais ça dire du mal d'une auteure québécoise, surtout que je la trouve sympathique à la radio, mais... mettons que c'est 200 pages sur une femme qui…moreJ'hais ça dire du mal d'une auteure québécoise, surtout que je la trouve sympathique à la radio, mais... mettons que c'est 200 pages sur une femme qui repense au gars avec qui elle a eu une relation de 5 mois, y'a 15 ans, et qui l'a laissée comme une vieille paire de bas (ou comme une personne qu'on a daté juste 5 mois...). Je comprends que le thème c'est ça, justement, les souvenirs faussés et les attentes déçues, mais le livre te fait jamais comprendre pourquoi le gars était si spécial à ses yeux, donc le personnage a juste l'air d'une hypersensible finie.
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delight for me to read Hunting Houses. I got an ARC through Netgalley, and then realized it was originally published in French in Quebec. I just can't bring myself to read a translation of a book originally written in French, especially if it was written by a Québécois author. So I bought a copy and read the original. The story is familiar but it's the setting and I writing that I loved. Veda is a married real estate agent with three sons. Chance brings her into contact with a former love ...more
Steph VanderMeulen
I'm hard-pressed to think of a girlfriend who doesn't fondly remember a former boyfriend or crush. And maybe even more than that, who doesn't occasionally dream about them or wonder what things might have been like, or put more import on the relationship than there might have actually been.

I admit to all of this. In elementary and high school I was in love with all the boys. But one in particular stood out for me, and in grade 10 (or 11?) we went out for something like three weeks. He was my fi
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Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded down from 4.5 stars

Translated from French.

Set in Montreal in the current day. Tessa, in her late 30s and a real estate agent, has a wonderful husband and three well-behaved boys. She loves them all. BUT she runs into her ex-boyfriend and first love, Francis, who proposes a tryst and Tessa accepts.

We follow Tessa in the three days leading up to this 'appointment' and learn that, although Francis was the great love of Tessa's life, Tessa was just a summer plaything to duplicitous Francis
Anne Logan
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this before. Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt* is a three day snapshot into Tessa’s life; a middle-aged, married real-estate agent with three boys and a husband who adores her. But we don’t just follow Tessa for this short time, we also get glimpses of her life leading up to her present day, from her childhood to her teenage years to her university days, each time period gives us a piece of her that eventually comes together to form the Tessa of ‘today ...more
Katya Kazbek
I wanted to read it because I’m obsessed with international literature, and I thought that it would be interesting to check out a francophone Canadian author. And I want to say that the translation is so good, and the cultural space is so close that I kept forgetting that I was reading a translation. But I was not engaged in the subject at all. I mean, I would have loved to read more about the real estate business part of Tessa’s life which only seemed there for the embellishment. Meanwhile, the ...more
Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for a free copy of Hunting Houses!

You know when you pick up a book and you feel like it's been written for you specifically, even though that's entirely impossible? That's how I felt throughout Hunting Houses.

The music aspects (Dido's Lament!). The reference to Owl at Home and his fear of his feet under the blankets. The way the relationship dynamics play out. There are so many things that I love.

This book is fundamentally about relationships -- about what h
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adore books that explore the complexities of marriage, and Fanny Britt's Hunting Houses does precisely that. This is the story of Tessa - a Montreal real estate agent in her late 30s who still harbours feelings for an ex-boyfriend she hasn't seen in over a decade. Now married to someone else and the mother of three little boys, Tessa has resigned herself to the fact that life hasn't unfol
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a strange little book. Translated from the original French, Fanny Britt's novel takes place over the space of 3 days. It begins when real estate agent Tessa - who is married with 3 children - realizes she is selling a house for a woman who just broke up with an old ex of Tessa's, Francis. This sets in motion for Tessa a stirring remembrance of her brief relationship with Francis. In the process of selling the house, she bumps into Francis himself, and the two make a plan to meet up for ...more
Shelleen Toland
Tessa is a thirty-seven-year-old real estate agent living in Montreal. She adores her husband and three young sons, but she’s deeply unhappy and questioning the set of choices that have led to her present life.

After a surprising run-in with Francis, her ex-boyfriend and first love, Tessa arranges to see him. During the three days before their meeting, she goes about her daily life — there’s swimming lessons, science projects, and dirty dishes. As the day of her meeting with Francis draws closer
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't get what the point of this book is. There's nothing in it that's remotely likable. Everything is just so boring and bland. The characters are poorly fleshed out. The story is set in Montreal, but, if not for the French names of the streets mentioned, it could've been just any other city - the atmosphere is really not there. The main character, Tessa, is a 38-year old real estate agent with a loving husband and 3 kids, who is experiencing some sort of midlife crisis. She thinks she is OLD ...more
Marta Kule
It is an interesting peek into a woman's midlife crisis. A man's midlife crisis narrative usually plays out through action: he cheats, buys a luxury car, walks out on his family. The turmoil in Hunting Houses, however, is almost entirely internal. Early in the book Tessa runs into her old lover and agrees to meet him in a few days. From then on most of the novel is her reminiscing and introspection: how she met him, loved him, how she became who she is, how she met her husband, had her children, ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with a hyperawareness of its Francophone, specifically Québécois, sensibility and it was amazing because I never lost sight of that. I knew I was only getting part of the picture, that there were aspects of it that wouldn't jump out at me because my Canadian experience is much different from what Tessa (the narrator) experienced. I'd love to go back to the text in its original French someday and try to tackle it. On another note, it reminded me A LOT of Hanif Kureshi's Intimacy ...more
Martha Chudy
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a slim little story about a woman thinking about her life. It’s marketed (at least in the US) as a book about infidelity, which is irritatingly reductive. This is a thoughtful book with a lot to talk about. What I like most of all about Britt’s book is how she catalogs the narrator’s imagined conversations and experiences. This is a phenomenon that I relate to heartily, yet one that is underrepresented in literature.

Other things I enjoyed were more personal. I love that the book is set
Kathleen Gray
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever bumped into an old lover and wonder what might have been if he hadn't broken up with you? That's what Tessa ruminates about during the three day period covered in this delightful novel about a woman rethinking her past. What is it about Francis? Set in Montreal and, I think, nicely translated from French, this carries a sense of regret but also of happiness. Britt gives us insight into Tessa's life over the years. It's less about marriage and infidelity than about reflecting on one ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my Twitter bookclub group chat and it was so not what I was expecting. I am American so all of the cultural references were lost on me, but I nevertheless enjoyed this tense, sexy, obsessive soap opera of a book. Fanny Britt and her amazing translators captured very well the desperation, fever, pain, and eventual nostalgia of a lost love and the way our memory makes some people and some times in our lives seem so much bigger and more significant than they ultimately are.
Glennys Egan
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Her writing is a delight; witty but poignant in a way that risks feeling overwrought but doesn’t. This novel captures a feeling (or perhaps a state of being) quite perfectly. It’s always fun to read stories set in places you know well, too, and Montreal is vivid in this one. Will look to read more of her writing!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book. It felt like a chore to get through. I didn't know what this book was about when I randomly picked it up and thought I would give it a try. By the time I realized I really hated this book, I was too close to the end to give it up. ...more
Shaina Sei
I liked her writing style and the beginning of the book so I bought it . Then I was bored to death and cannot finish although I’m about halfway through.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good portrayal of internal tension
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stupid IMHO

An imaginary love affair with a much older professor lasting a lifetime? I’m almost angry I wasted the time to read it
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lesson here ! Don't spend to much time grieving over that first lost love ! ...more
Victoria Shepherd
Examination of a mid-life marital crisis.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All throughout the book, I was both confused and fascinated. Now I’m just confused. And disappointed ☹️.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maison
i'll enter details soon (like, when i read it and stuff, since it was a few years ago)! ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's not a huge story - in length or in scope - but it is beautifully written. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad it had my preferred ending!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This seemed promising but I ultimately found it pretty disappointing. I didn't particularly enjoy the writing, although I don't know if that was down to the original text or because it is a translation from French. The story never really got off the ground either. Perhaps other readers will find something to enjoy here but this one was unfortunately not for me. ...more
Ark of Books
Couldn't bring myself to finish the book. I just fast forwarded to the spoilers part at the end.

It's not a cute love story and it's not a heartbreak story either. I couldn't relate to the main character, Tessa, and I couldn't understand her choices, especially when she didn't even give explaination to her actions.

The first part was good though.
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Fanny Britt is a Quebec playwright, author and translator. She has written a dozen plays (among them Honey Pie, Hôtel Pacifique and Bienveillance) and translated more than fifteen. She has also written and translated several other works of literature. Jane, the Fox and Me is her first graphic novel.

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