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Claire Holden Rothman (born 1958) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and translator.[1] She has published two novels and two short story collections.

Claire Holden Rothman
BornClaire Rothman
1958 (age 60–61)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationNovelist, short stories, translator
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Notable worksThe Heart Specialist, My October
Years active2000s-present
SpouseArthur Holden

Her first novel, The Heart Specialist, was a long-listed nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2009,[2] and her second, My October, was a long-listed nominee for the same prize in 2014[3] and a short-listed finalist for Governor General's Award for English-language fiction at the 2014 Governor General's Awards.[4] Her newest novel is Lear's Shadow, published by Penguin Random House Canada (July 2018). She won the John Glassco Translation Prize in 1994 for The Influence of a Book, her 1993 translation of Phillipe-Ignace François Aubert de Gaspé's 1837 novel L'influence d'un livre.[5] Her translation of David Bouchet's Sun of a Distant Land / Soleil (2017) was shortlisted for the QWF Cole Foundation Translation Prize.

She resides in Montreal, Quebec with actor and writer Arthur Holden.[1]


  • Salad Days (1990, short stories)
  • Black Tulips (1999, short stories)
  • The Heart Specialist (2009, novel)
  • My October (2014, novel)
  • Lear's Shadow (2018, novel)


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