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Métis Beach
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Métis Beach

by Claudine Bourbonnais
  • critically-acclaimed
  • debut
  • french-from-quebec
  • from-quebec
Hollywood, 2005. Romain Carrier is finally enjoying success. His television series "In Gad We Trust", a dark satire of America and its relationship with God, is a nationwide hit. Now known as Roman Carr, the screenwriter has carved an enviable place for himself in the showbiz world: he is, at long last, “American.” It is the culmination of a long and tortuous path, after fleeing his native Canadian village under murky circumstances in the summer of 1962. New York marks the beginning of a new life — his real life. Welcomed by a flamboyant feminist who shows him the doors of freedom, the young Romain plunges hungrily into the vivacious New York of the 60s. But thirty years later, America is no longer the same. The religious right is gaining ground and taking revenge. The success of the day, "In Gad We Trust" incurs the wrath of Christian fundamentalists, until Romain himself becomes the target of violent extremists. "Métis Beach" is the great Sixties novel. It provides a wonderful evocation of the period’s extraordinary freedom movement. Claudine Bourbonnais signs a multiple twists novel that you cannot let go and that is reminiscent of the best novels of John Irving.

Contributors

Claudine Bourbonnais, author

Claudine Bourbonnais was born in Montreal. Since January 1990, she has been a journalist for the CBC’s French network. Since 1995, she has anchored and hosted news and current event shows on specialty news channel RDI. Métis Beach is her first novel.

Reviews

  • Dans son premier roman, la journaliste de formation joue d’une plume à l’indéniable sens du rythme et de l’image. Mais elle se montre aussi - et surtout! - capable de creuser au-delà de la surface de son héros pour entraîner le lecteur à sa suite, de sa Gaspésie natale à Los Angeles, des années 1960 aux lendemains du 11 Septembre. - Le Droit
  • Claudine Bourbonnais nous promène à travers cette histoire fabuleuse du Québec et des États-Unis des années 60-70. Elle fignole tellement bien cette histoire. Un roman qui se lit d’une traite. - Radio-Canada
  • Une plume qui, d'instinct, emprunte le meilleur raccourci, suscite l'image la plus forte, dessine le plan le plus harmonieux. - Le Soleil
  • Ce premier roman de [...] Claudine Bourbonnais témoigne d’une remarquable maîtrise romanesque. [...] C’est brillant, documenté. Mais ce qui finit par l’emporter dans "Métis Beach", c’est l’histoire, passionnante, riche en rebondissements et, il faut bien le dire, tragique, greffée aux grands bouleversements qui ont secoué l’Amérique du Nord dans la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle. - Le Devoir

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Additional Information

number of pages: 456

publication date: 05/06/2014

Original language of pub: French | Français

Materials Available: finished book