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Hold Your Tongue

by (author) Matthew Tétreault

NeWest Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Literary, Small Town & Rural, Native American & Aboriginal
Indigenous characters

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Evoking an oral storytelling epic that weaves together one family’s complex history, Hold Your Tongue asks what it means to be Métis and francophone. Recalling the work of Katherena Vermette and Joshua Whitehead, Matthew Tétreault’s debut novel shines with a poignant, but playful character-driven meditation on the struggles of holding onto “la langue,” and marks the emergence of an important new voice.

About the author

Matthew Tétreault (he / him) is Métis and French-Canadian from Ste. Anne, Manitoba. He is the author of What Happened on the Bloodvein (Pemmican Publications, 2015), a dark, but humourous collection of interrelated short stories set in southeast Manitoba. Matt holds a PhD in Métis literature and literary history from the University of Alberta, and he received a Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. His dissertation traces the literary history of the Red River Métis. In between academic and creative writing projects, Matt plays guitar, video games, and poker for pocket change. He recently moonlighted as the “farm boss” on his in-laws’ ranch in St. Ambroise, where he, his wife, daughter, and his old cat, Major Tom, landed upon their return to Manitoba. Hold Your Tongue is his first novel. He lives in Winnipeg.

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Excerpt: Hold Your Tongue (by (author) Matthew Tétreault)

Author’s Note


Set around Sainte-Anne-des-Chênes, in southeastern Manitoba, this novel uses different registers of French—Standard French, French-Canadian, and French-Michif—to capture some of the cultural diversity, history, and tensions of the region. It honours previous generations through their ways of telling stories.

Translations are largely conveyed through context.

This is a work of fiction. All resemblances to persons living or dead are coincidental.

Editorial Reviews

"[r]ichly textured and thought-provoking ... [w]ritten in nimble, sure-footed prose." — Bev Sandell Greenberg, Winnipeg Free Press



"[V]irtuosic ... this linguistically complex novel offers no easy answers." — Karen Press, Alberta Views

"At times poignant, sometimes harsh, it is always honest and alive." — Anne Smith-Nochasak, The Miramichi Reader