Benediction


Released in September 2019 by House of Anansi Press.

From the publisher: In Benediction, Olivier Dufault recreates the true story of his distant relative Ernest’s incarceration in a Nevada prison for rustling cattle and his subsequent reinvention of himself as “Will James.” Relying on authentic historical materials including letters, telegrams, and court documents as much as his own imagination, Olivier Dufault’s magnificent novel is a posthumous benediction of an exceptional American life in which truth and lies walk side by side.

Reviews:

“Dufault’s brilliant debut novel attempts to come to grips with the life of an ancestor who didn’t want his story told.”

– Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette