The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard

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Pub Date 01 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2023

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The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard is a contemporary story of obsessive love, sexual transgression and tragic loss. Bachelor and professional accountant Joseph Blanchard has led a socially active though emotionally cautious life into his late thirties. When he discovers that his beautiful nineteen-year-old cousin Sophie, a talented concert pianist, is in love with him, he finds he is helpless to resist her youthful charms, and against his better judgment embarks upon a passionate affair. As a safeguard against causing pain to her parents, the two lovers conspire to keep their relationship secret. For a while they are happy. But Sophie’s performing career compels her to spend time in the company of other musicians, many of them young men. Consumed by jealousy, Joseph allows rage to seize control, with tragic results. Grieving, he sets about to destroy all evidence of the affair. But when a family secret is exposed, it reveals the past in a new light. In the end, his health in decline and with nothing left but memories, he discloses his secret to a confidant.

The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard is a contemporary story of obsessive love, sexual transgression and tragic loss. Bachelor and professional accountant Joseph Blanchard has led a socially active...


A Note From the Publisher

The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard is a Guernica Prize winner.

The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard is a Guernica Prize winner.


Advance Praise

"With confident execution, The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard draws readers swiftly and deeply into a compelling account of art, desire, passion, possession, and performance. The novel offers a profound and disturbing exploration of talent, questioning the responsibilIty of both those born with talent and those in the position to nurture young talent. The story of Joseph Blanchard is especially remarkable for its portrayal of the unbridgeable chasm between public and private lives. Colford proves himself an original and striking literary stylist and a masterful storyteller." -Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go and This One Wild Life 

"With confident execution, The Confessions of Joseph Blanchard draws readers swiftly and deeply into a compelling account of art, desire, passion, possession, and performance. The novel offers a...


Marketing Plan

A groundbreaking novel that possesses the power to generate conversations about love, relationships, and the boundaries we set and the ones we are surprised to break. 

National promotional campaign (Canada), pitches to major US media, local media campaign (Halifax). Launches in Halifax and Toronto. Reading across the Maritimes and Toronto.

Pitching to East Coast literary festivals, podcasts/radio, local tv, newspapers. 




A groundbreaking novel that possesses the power to generate conversations about love, relationships, and the boundaries we set and the ones we are surprised to break. 

National promotional campaign...


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ISBN 9781771838375
PRICE $21.95 (USD)
PAGES 300

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This was a beautifully done novel by Ian Colford, it has a great real feel to it and works with what I was expecting. The characters were everything that I was looking for and were written like real people. It left me wanting to read more from the author as I really enjoyed what I read.

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