Fiction Aimee Laberge Where The River Narrows

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Where The River Narrows

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The story of Where the River Narrows begins with the mysterious figureof Antonio Tremblay, the mythical coureur de bois who traps in the forestssurrounding Chicoutimi, Québec. Of mixed blood himself, he takes two wives: thesaintly Marie-Ange, who gives him two daughters, and Marie Kapesh, hisclandestine "wood wife", whose children remain hidden in the forest.Marie-Ange’s younger daughter, the beautiful Marie-Reine, becomes thematriarch of a boisterous, tightly knit family, whose children, grand-children,and great-grandchildren must chart their own way in a changing Québec.

Where the River Narrows sweeps effortlessly across the centuries, fromthe French royal court to the founding of Québec City in 1608, from the Spanishflu pandemic of 1918 to the FLQ Crisis. Against this rich panorama, the dailylives of the Tremblays unfold. Marie-Reine’s children grow up, marry, havetheir own children who, in turn, spread beyond Québec to a wider world. It isLucie, a child of the -60s facing a troubled marriage, who begins the longjourney back, bringing to life a history she had glimpsed only in schoolbooksand discovering a past peopled by saints and sinners, weighed down by historyand religion. From the beginning, Lucie senses that there are long-buriedsecrets shaping the fortunes of the Tremblays, secrets that draw her into thedark forests of her ancestors.

This passionate novel resonates with joie de vivre as the Tremblaysfight and reconcile, mourn and worship, hate and love one another. Ranging fromthe wilderness of eighteenth-century New France to the -60s faux farmhouses ofsuburban Sainte-Foy, Where the River Narrows echoes the many voices andvisions that have shaped a unique part of Canada.

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About the Author:

Aimée Laberge has published stories in literarymagazines, radio drama on the CBC and a children’s book Le Géant Bleu(Editions Ovale). Where the River Narrows is her first novel. A skilledanimator and artist, her work has been seen on television and in the LondonDaily Telegraph. Born and raised in la belle province, Aimée Labergeis a direct descendant of the first settlers in New France. She has lived inQuébec, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and London, England. She nowlives in with her family in Chicago.

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