Nancy Richler
Your Mouth is Lovely


Set in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, Your Mouth is Lovely follows the story of Miriam, a young Jewish woman who has been sent into Siberian exile for her revolutionary activities. In a letter to her daughter—whom she was forced to give up at birth—Miriam is determined to preserve her past and her story. She presents a portrait of shtetl life in pre-revolutionary Russia—a village teeming with closely guarded family secrets and revolution fomenting on its periphery.

Praise for Nancy Richler’s Your Mouth Is Lovely:

National Bestseller
Published in 11 territories
Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Adei Wizo Literary Award—Italy

“This accomplished novel summons up the lost world of the Russian shtetls. ... Richler’s work recalls the stories of Isaac Babel, in which the knowable is charged with mystery.” —The New Yorker

“Richler fashions a tale of lyric historical suspense . . . with tremendous conviction and feeling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Richler has created a vital, credible world that seamlessly demonstrates
the interconnectedness of humanity. Such is the power of her craft
that Miriam’s story transcends the mundane, propelling this magnificent
novel into the company of Dickens and Dostoyevski.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Profoundly moving . . . the language is flowing and lyrical, and yet she never veers far from the storyline.”—The Globe and Mail

“A story as sublime as its title. ... This novel is weighty in substance—in its textured weave of Jewish history, class struggle and female experience—and yet light and agile in style. It owes much to the Russian novel, but it also recalls the 19th-century Victorian narratives of Charlotte Bronte. ... A wonderfully realized work of the imagination.” —The Gazette (Montreal)


Length: 338 pp
Setting: Russia, Europe
Period: historical, pre-revolution Russia

Canadian rights, HarperCollins Canada
World rights, Ecco Press
Australian rights, HarperFlamingo
Dutch rights, Vassallucci
French rights, Flammarion
German rights, Kindler
Hebrew rights, Modan
Hungarian rights, Europa
Italian rights, Il Saggiatore
Portugese rights, Rocco
Spanish rights, Tropismos

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.


Nancy Richler’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, incluing Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second book, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver but has recently returned to Montreal.

Nancy Richler’s website can be found at