Claire Holden Rothman is a Montreal writer and translator. She has published three books: two collections of stories and The Heart Specialist (2009), a novel inspired by the career of one of Montreal’s first female physicians who became an international star in the field of cardiac anomalies. For many years, Claire taught English literature at Marianopolis College, and creative writing at McGill University. Her literary translation of Quebec's first home grown novel, Le chercheur de trésors (The Influence of Book), earned her the Glassco Translation Award. Currently she does mostly commercial translation and adaptation for film and television.
The Heart Specialist
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