Some writers manage to create a work so resonant that, for better or worse, it eclipses all their other efforts, and Yann Martel is one such scribe, thanks to the success of his acclaimed fable-like novel <i>Life of Pi</i> (2001). A Canadian with a globe-hopping background and roots in Quebec, Martel wrote short stories and a novel that all received little notice outside of his homeland. Drawing on time spent abroad in India, he subsequently crafted <i>Life of Pi</i>, the tale of an Indian teen who winds up adrift at sea on a lifeboat with a fierce tiger as his unlikely companion. The book went on to win numerous awards and warranted many editions, but it also left Martel unable to follow it up with a full novel until nearly a decade later, with <i>Beatrice and Virgil</i> (2010), another animal-centric story, though one that did not win over nearly as many admirers. In 2012, the film adaptation of <i>Life of Pi</i> surfaced after years in development, with director Ang Lee imaginatively bringing the tale to the big screen, resulting in numerous Academy Awards and an even larger audience for Martel's remarkable novel.