By Micheline Duff
Les secrets and techniques de famille d’une amie et de captivantes recherches ont amené Micheline Duff à écrire cette poignante saga. objectives démesurées, conflits entre les communautés, exploitation des travailleurs, rêves et illusions, haine et amour : tout y est pour que le lecteur tourne avidement chaque web page, jusqu’à l. a. dernière, los angeles curiosité piquée à vif et le coeur bright d’émotion.
2 septembre 1880. Joseph Laurin se recueille une dernière fois devant los angeles dépouille de sa femme exposée dans le salon de leur maison. Quelques heures plus tard, après avoir mis le feu à l. a. demeure, il disparaît dans los angeles nuit, avec ses trois fillettes endormies dans los angeles charrette, pour ne plus jamais revenir au Saguenay.
C’est par ce fait réel que s’amorce le ultimate tome de l. a. saga historique Au bout de l’exil, où los angeles vérité et l. a. fiction s’entremêlent habilement pour raconter l’exode d’une famille vers los angeles Nouvelle-Angleterre. À los angeles recherche d’une vie meilleure, comme tant d’autres Canadiens français, Marguerite, Anne, Camille et leur étrange père vivront aux États-Unis des aventures palpitantes. Mais trouveront-ils le bonheur dans ce monde aussi fascinant que merciless, caractérisé par los angeles montée de l’industrialisation et du capitalisme ? Et le destin leur permettra-t-il de réaliser leur grand désir de survie et d’affranchissement ?
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Title. 92舒dc22ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ2010033472 ISBN 978-1-4391-5278-2 ISBN 978-1-4391-9934-3 (ebook) For Kim Wilkins, who encouraged me to start; and Darin Patterson, who was with me to the last full stop CONTENTS Š PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE Acknowledgments Hush 舰 Can you hear him? The trees can. They are the first to know that he is coming. Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
Before her eyes, he changes. She sees through the layers of mud, through the generations of darkness and rage and sorrow, to the human face beneath. A young man舗s face. A forgotten face. A face of such longing and sadness and beauty; and she reaches, unthinking, to unlock the window. To bring him in from the rain. Raymond Blythe, The True History of the Mud Man, Prologue PART ONE Š A LOST LETTER FINDS ITS WAY Š 1992 IT started with a letter. A letter that had been lost a long time, waiting out half a century in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey.
The first child of Robert and Athena Blythe, he was named for his paternal grandfather, whose fortune was made in the goldfields of Canada. Raymond was the eldest of four brothers, the youngest of whom, Timothy, died tragically during a violent storm in 1876. Athena Blythe, a poetess of some note, was heartbroken by her youngest son舗s death and is said to have descended, soon after the boy was laid to rest, into a black depression from which there would be no return.