Aurore: My Franco-American Mother

 
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Aurore was the youngest of nine children of French–Canadian parents who immigrated to Lewiston, Maine, in the 1890s. The loss of her mother when Aurore was two years old affected her throughout her life; and for her nine children and two stepsons, she became the mother she always wished she’d had. At times unconventional, always devoutly Catholic, Aurore triumphed in an environment that was economically difficult and often lonely. French-Canadians, who became known as Franco-Americans, brought a distinct culture to Lewiston, Maine, and to other New England cities. Aurore’s story provides a surprising glimpse into the lives of those families who came to work in New England textile mills at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Marguerite Roy was born in Lewiston, Maine, where she lived most of her life. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern Maine while raising four children with her husband, Raynald. The first chapter of Aurore: My Franco-American Mother won first place awards in Florida Freelance Writers Association competition, and selections from her book appeared in Down East, Discover Maine, The Family Digest, and Out of the Cradle magazines. Other stories have appeared in an anthology published by the Writers of Sun City Center. Roy and her husband now enjoy retirement in Auburn, Maine and in Sun City Center, Florida.

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