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Crossing the Continent by Michel Tremblay
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Jun 17, 12

bookshelves: fiction, young-adult
Read in June, 2012

"Crossing the Continent" proves to be a fascinating, fateful journey for young Rheauna, known as "Nana". Author Michael Tremblay sends his girl heroine on an epic train trip across the Canadian countryside of the early 1900's as she rides to reunite with the mother who had abandoned her five years ago. Leaving behind her grandparents and their farm, Nana's trek entails three stops, and at each stop, Nana meets a different and disarming relative. Taking it all in, both what she can comprehend, and that which she can only contemplate, Nana eventually reaches her destination as a quite different girl than the one who first boarded the train. What she has left behind is not lost to her, and she gains much through her travels. Sometimes you have to let something go so that it can return to you in its own time and in its own way. "Crossing the Continent" is the first in Michael Tremblay's series of "Crossings" novels, providing the story and character origins of his acclaimed "Chronicles of the Plateau Mont-Royal".

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