Author Virginia Pésémapeo Bordeleau, of Cree origin, calls this book a celebration of sensuality. The Lover, The Lake, is a story written about a time when Indigenous peoples were being dispossessed of their land and history as well as their relationship to the body, and in this story, the love explored by Wabougouni and Gabriel is an act of defiance. Their intimate connection plays out on the shores of Lake Abitibi in an affair as turbulent and unfathomable as the lake itself. The Lover, The Lake, is translated from French by Susan Ouriou and the original French title is L'amant du lac. This book includes an Anishinaabemowin to English lexicon. There are illustrations by the author.
2021 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist