The American Fiancee: A Novel
In this extraordinary breakout novel—a rich, devastatingly humorous epic of one unforgettable family—award-winning author Eric Dupont illuminates the magic of stories, the bonds of family, and the twists of fate and fortune to transform our lives.
Over the course of the twentieth century, three generations of the Lamontagnes will weather love, passion, jealousy, revenge,
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This is very John Irving-esque - if you loved A Prayer for Owen Meany, Hotel New Hampshire and The World According to Garp you should most certainly fall in love with Songs for the Cold of Heart.
It brings in the opera, Tosca, often - I need to go ...more
Nothing is so foreign to the heart of a tormented lover than seeing the pain of absence disappear, as though her heart had been fuelled by this angst ever since she first laid eyes on Madeline from behind the willow hedge. Now she would have to work on getting the ban lifted on visiting the Lamontagne house. The two girls threw snowballs at each other and slid along Rue Fraserville's steep sidewalks, breaking into a song for the cold of heart as they revelled in winter's arrival right down to...more
Following a small town Quebecois family, the Lamontanges, from the First World War to turn of the Century, Dupont pays homage to how we recount our past, how we tell our ...more
Quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before, this doorstop of a novel is epic in scope and unrivalled in ambition, one that makes for a truly immersive reading experience.
Full of vivid, well-drawn characters and wonderfully evoked settings, it’s a tale that spans several generations of the one ...more
And the advance praise has been pouring in too...
“Wildly ambitious in scope and structure, Dupont’s novel (originally titled La Fiancée américaine) mostly succeeds in throwing many balls into the air and having each land where it has the most impact. Readers may be tempted to start the book again to pick up all the clues they missed the first time through. The entire work is a ...more
The good folks at QC Fiction supplied me with an Advance Reading Copy and I discoveredSongs for the Cold of Heartto be an epic, rambling, decades-spanning, vastly entertaining book. It even had its educational moments, particularly about Germany during WWII and classical music. If you read only one fiction book this year, make it this one. Five stars at Goodreads. Great summer reading novel, ...more
Read our full review and a long extract in translation to find out why: www.quebecreads.com/fiancee
Louis LaMontagne is a storyteller. This novel starts with Louis describing his birth and his ...more
The novel’s resemblance to the opera Tosca as well as its repeated analogies to writers, artists, and figures ...more
Thanks Edelweiss and HarperVia for letting me read and review this marvellous book.
~~Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
It is so big, grand, epic, sweeping, surreal and all words of the same ilk, and very funny too.
So odd, charming and larger than life, I've never enjoyed meandering more!
Great first half. Boring middle chapters. Frantic end to piece it all together and salvage the story.
This is a storytellers story! Historical fiction meets Fantasy. Nazi Germany meets Alice in Wonderland. Not for everybody but it has its enjoyable moments.
It's a bit all over the place, and there were times when I almost abandoned it altogether, but I stuck with it to see how it would end. I wouldn't say it was predictable however the connections of past and ...more
For those of us who read our fiction in English, there is a particular treat -- a translation of one of the most popular Quebec French-language novels of recent years. "Songs for the Cold of ...more
I actually read this a few weeks ago. That's how long it took me. And that's a bad thing.
First, I love the cover. It's beautiful, whimsical, like something you see in a dream and want to chase.
I'm not going to lie: the cover is what caught my lie and peaked my interest in the book, which is why I requested it.
The American Fiancee is a weighty tome, a multi-generational tale about the Lamontagnes, including their feisty women, ...more
(2004), La Logeuse (2006), Bestiaire (2007) et La Fiancée américaine (2012). Il enseigne la traduction à l'Université McGill. // Eric Dupont is an author, teacher and translator who lives in Montreal. His French-language novel La Logeuse won the Combat des livres. He was a finalist for both the Prix littéraire ...more