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Where the River Narrows

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Its title a translation of the Mi'kmaq name for Quebec, Where the River Narrows, Aimée Laberge's ambitious, though somewhat flawed, first novel traces the history of her native province through the story of three generations of francophone women. Thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Des Ruisseaux is a mother of two and a part-time librarian who spends her afternoons researching grad ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published January 8th 2004 by HarperPerennial Canada (first published April 1st 2003)
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Aug 20, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
I bought this book eager to find historical fiction set in colonial quebec. I enjoyed it -- read in three days -- and would give it 3.5 stars if there were half stars. I loved the way the story wove between generations and I appreciated the quebecois and historic references. I enjoyed the inclusion of Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet (my ancestors) and the description of the filkes du roi. Often, I found the prose very beautiful.

I subtract the half star because I really wanted to know more about th
Mar 02, 2011 Denise rated it it was ok
I had this book on my book shelf for a few years after having bought it in a Health Food and Women's Literature book store. I have now started to read it, and for a French Canadian (Quebecois) it tells a good story, set in accurate settings in time and place. Will tell you more later.
Apr 26, 2012 Estibaliz79 rated it it was ok
2 1/2

Bonita por momentos, pero le falta épica para ser una buena saga familiar, y el retrato histórico y nacional de Canadá es bastante pobre.
Dec 09, 2007 Sayard rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction
A story that spans 4 generations of a French-Canadian family. Made me want to know more about my own heritage.
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Born and bred in la belle province and now a resident of Chicago, AIMÉE LABERGE has worked in the field of broadcast television as an art director in Montreal, Toronto, and London before publishing her first novel, Where the River Narrows (Harper Collins Canada 2003). Les Amants de Mort-Bois, a récit, was published in the fall of 2007 by Québec-Amérique.

A Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewane
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