Cover art for Pastoral, the first novel of the The Quincunx Cycle

The Quincunx Cycle is a novel series written by Trinidadian-Canadian author André Alexis and published by Coach House Books. This series debuted with "Pastoral" on February 28, 2014 (originally as an eBook, then on March 15, 2014 as paperback). The series is made up of five novels.


In this novel series, each novel is based on one of the themes of faith, place, love, power and hatred. They all take place in and around Southern Ontario with Fifteen Dogs and The Hidden Keys both set in Toronto.

Book list

# Name eBook publication Paperback publication Page count
1 Pastoral February 28, 2014 March 15, 2014 168
2 Fifteen Dogs March 23, 2015 April 14, 2015 160
3 Ring ? ? ?
4 The Hidden Key N/A September 19, 2016 232
5 Days by Moonlight N/A February 19, 2019 165


  • Fifteen Dogs, the second novel in the series, was the recipient of the 2015 Giller Prize.
  • Alexis conceived of this novel series while basing it on the 1968 film Teorema.
  • Alexis completed Pastoral, the first novel in the cycle, in 2009. However, he was unable to find a publisher for years.
  • In 2019, while promoting Days by Moonlight, Alexis suggested that when the final novel in the cycle was published he would re-edit the entire series for cohesion.
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