Set on the rugged north shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence, The Iguana tells the realistic, yet fabulous, story of an extraordinary friendship between two young boys who appear to have nothing in common except a tragic loneliness. Recently, the narrator's safe world was shattered by a snowmobile accident involving his parents, and he was taken in by his grandparents in the village of Ferland. Slowly, he befriends his classmate Luc Bezeau, a misfit who takes refuge from a brutal home environment in a magical undersea realm inhabited by fantastic beings. Together, the boys construct new reasons for living, which launch them on a wild, adventurous search.
Denis Theriault is an award-winning screenwriter living in Montreal. After studying psychology and drama, he began to write for the stage and television. L'Iguane (The Iguana), Theriault's first novel, was published to great critical acclaim and won three major literary prizes: the Prix Anne-Hebert 2002, the Prix France-Quebec/Jean Hamelin 2001, and the Prix Odyssee 2002 for best first novel.