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The Closed Door

By Peter McCambridge

On 21, Sep 2015 | In | By Peter McCambridge

The Closed Door

The Closed Door

a novel
by Lori Saint-Martin
Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, 2015

“The author’s style is meticulous, assiduous. It sometimes reaches what we might call perfection.” – Danielle Laurin, Le Devoir

The Closed Door

“Every couple has its pacts, spoken or unspoken,” says Catherine, one of the narrators. “Ours is more twisted than most: I don’t cheat on my husband, while he only cheats on me with his models. And then only once, when the painting is finished. That way it doesn’t count. He owns up, I forgive him: that’s our pact. Sometimes I think it has served us well.”


In a series of alternating monologues, both halves of a couple examine close to 35 years of marriage. Years of togetherness, and of growing apart; of opening up the door to their studios, and of shutting each other out.

Ekstasis Editions

You can read more about the book and purchase it from the publisher here.