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The Fifth
The Fifth

The Fifth

A Love(s) Story

Translated by Monica Meneghetti, By MP Boisvert



144 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781773860534

Rights: US

Caitlin Press Inc. (Sep 2021)

Price: $16.95


Narrated by each Family member along with script-like interludes, the daily lives of Alice, Gayle, Camille, Simon, and Eloy in The Fifth show a loving and satisfying non-traditional relationship

Alice, Gayle, Camille, and Simon live together in a polyamorous relationship, affectionately referred to as the Family. Camille, a trans woman, and Gayle are lovers; Simon is in a relationship with Alice; and Alice is in a relationship with everyone. But when Alice invites her seemingly straight ex-boyfriend Eloy to move into their Sherbrooke, Quebec apartment—albeit temporarily—the Family's dynamic begins to change in unexpected ways. Infused with Quebecois culture, The Fifth is a story rarely represented in Canadian literature. Not about infidelity or possessiveness, rather, it is about the individuals as they navigate love and desire, and punch stereotypes and stigma in the face. Now available for the first time in English from award-winning translator and author Monica Meneghetti, The Fifth is honest, delightfully unconventional, breaks down barriers, and challenges norms in our society.


"A unique take on polyamory in a Quebecois setting. MP Boisvert—as translated by Monica Meneghetti—beautifully captures how an unknown roommate can turn into an intimate ally, how our insecurities can overwhelm us and that love can be heartbreakingly complex, no matter the number of partners. The Fifth gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of the struggles and depth of what it takes to choose your family and stand by those relationships." —Jenny Yuen, author of Polyamorous: Living and Loving More

"The vignettes of The Fifth emanate wit, warmth, and charm—a celebration of queer, polyamorous community and the joyful mess of ordinary life. It's easy to love these characters as much as they love each other." —Kim Fu, author of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

Author Biography

Monica Meneghetti's first book, What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging (Dagger Editions, 2017) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and tied as the Bi Book Award winner. Her translation from Italian, The Call of the Ice (Mountaineers Books) was a Banff Mountain Book Award finalist. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction appear in print, online, in musical scores, and on stage. Born in Canada in the region of Treaty 7 (Calgary), she gratefully acknowledges being an unsettled white settler. She's polyamorous, and lives on unceded traditional Coast Salish territories (Vancouver). With a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Sherbrooke, MP Boisvert is interested in the representation of polyamory in Quebec literature and issues of sexual diversity. MP Boisvert was Executive Director of the Quebec LGBT Council (2015–2020) and consultant for various Quebec and Canadian ministries on issues of sexual and gender diversity. She is the co-founder of Fière la fête !, Sherbrooke's Pride (QC).