Suzanne Jacob, novelist, poet and singer-songwriter (b at Amos, Qué 26 Feb 1943). After classical studies at the Collège Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Nicolet where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964, Suzanne Jacob studied at the Université de Montréal, and taught French from 1969 to 1974. Early on, she became interested in theatre, and also wrote songs - winning a singer-songwriter-composer award in 1970. She published her first novel Flore Cocon
in 1978, and with Paul Paré founded Les Editions Le Biocreux that published one of her collections of short stories, La survie
(1979). She settled in Paris and published several novels that were well received by critics and readers: Laura Laur
(1983), GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD
and prix Québec-Paris; La passion selon Galatée
(1987); Les aventures de Pomme Douly
(1988); and L'obéissance
(1991). As a poet, she published Poèmes I: Gémellaires. Le chemin de Damas
(1979) and in 1998 La part du feu
that won a second Governor General's award. In 1998, a second collection of short stories, Parlez-moi d'amour
, appeared. In her novels, Suzanne Jacob tells the stories of female characters trying to escape from traditions, family influences, social conformity, violence, and power struggles between individuals.
The work of writer and singer-songwriter Suzanne Jacob explores the themes of female individuality and escape from tradition (photo by Danielle Schaub).