The Deserters
The Bleeds
The Original Face
The Original Face

“More than anything else it’s the rhythm of the writing that takes over, and it’s impressive how assured Morissette is in this respect. His writing’s ease and transparency, its charm, topicality, informality and discontinuity, mimics the internet’s own narrative code.” -Alex Good, CNQ

“What makes Morissette's novel different is how Daniel's online life is the content of his real life, not its opposite, and how Morissette conveys this as worthy of the novel's attention, without gimmicks. It's also very, very funny.” -Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail

“Alt-lit superstar Guillaume Morissette has an axe to grind. By the end of his latest opus, The Original Face, entire forests have been felled by it: from masculinity’s old-growth pines, to the whomping willows of baby-obsessed in-laws, to the wicked licking poison oaks of Silicon Valley… It’s an angry novel. It’s a dark novel. It’s also a deeply funny novel.” -Joe MacNeil, Cult Mtl

“Read The Original Face if you want to see sharp writing about the times we live in; don’t do it if you’re afraid to find out something about yourself.” -
Jay Slayton-Joslin, Empty State

“The Original Face made me think a lot and there is plenty to unpack here. The novel portrays the lives of the young precariat, and examines how one individual makes meaning for himself in the twenty-first century. The Original Face is an ultra-contemporary reminder that life is always a work in progress.” -Jeff Miller, Montreal Review of Books
Advance Praise for The Original Face:

"The Original Face is a glorious clusterfuck of existentialism, sarcasm and humiliation. Morissette conquers the conflict of money, art and love in a way that resonated with me to my core." –Chloe Caldwell, author of Women and I’ll Tell You in Person

"I laughed a lot while reading The Original Face. Guillaume Morissette's perspective on Montreal, the internet and life in general feels fresh and relatable. Yes." –Devon Welsh, singer/songwriter, formerly of Majical Cloudz

"Involving, sharp and very funny, The Original Face is a poisonously comic take on labour, 'emotional arthritis' and the grand dystopia of being." –Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead

Esplanade Books

Esplanade Books is the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press.

Edited by Dimitri Nasrallah, Esplanade publishes novels and short story collections.

About the editor

In late summer 2003, Andrew Steinmetz became the founding editor of Véhicule's fiction series. Andrew is the author of several books including Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk, and most recently, This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla, a finalist of the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-fiction.

In December 2013, after editing 20 books in the series, Andrew stepped down as editor and was succeeded by Montrealer Dimitri Nasrallah. Dimitri is the author of the novels Blackbodying (2005) and Niko (2011). Blackbodying won the McAuslan First Book Award and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal. Niko won the Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction and was longlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Dimitri Nasrallah
A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream
Lesley Trites
Sun of a Distant Land Sun of a Distant Land
David Bouchet
Tumbleweed Tumbleweed
Josip Novakovich
Hungary-Hollywood Express Hungary-Hollywood Express
Éric Plamondon
All That Sang All That Sang
Lydia Perovic
The Goddess of Fireflies The Goddess of Fireflies
Geneviève Pettersen
English Is Not a Magic Language English Is Not a Magic Language
Jacques Poulin
Ex-Yu Ex-Yu
Josip Novakovich
Swing in the House and Other Stories Swing in the House and Other Stories
Anita Anand
Breathing Lessons Breathing Lessons
Andy Sinclair
New Tab New Tab: A Novel
Guillaume Morissette
Message for the Emperor, A A Message for the Emperor: A Novel
Mark Frutkin
Love Monster, The The Love Monster: A Novel
Missy Marston
Stopping for Strangers Stopping for Strangers
Daniel Griffin
Niko Niko: A Novel
Dimitri Nasrallah
Writing Personals Writing Personals: A Novel
Lolette Kuby
Orfeo Orfeo
Hans-Jurgen Greif
Blood Pudding Blood Pudding
Art Corriveau
Out of Cleveland Out of Cleveland
Lolette Kuby
Optique Optique
Clayton Bailey
Dead Man's Float Dead Man's Float
Nicholas Maes
Garbage Head Garbage Head
Christopher Willard
Seventeen Tomatoes Seventeen Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir
Jaspreet Singh
Short Journey by Car, A A Short Journey by Car
Liam Durcan