Book: Ile D'or by Mary Lou Dickinsoncategories: Book, Gold Mining, Literary Novel, Gold, Psychological Novel, Historical Fiction
Mary Lou Dickinsonabout this book: A historical novel set in the early 1980s in a northern gold mining town not long after the first referendum on Quebec Sovereignty.
Four characters who grew up there in the early days of a frontier town, now in their late forties, come together in the town unexpectedly. Michelle, Lucien, Nick, and Libby are dealing, or not dealing, with their own lives and their quandaries are brought to the surface by these encounters.
The story tells how growing up in a hard scrabble mining town in the 1930s to 1950s shaped who these four people are as adults. And they have to deal with the psychological fallout of this past and reconcile with their experience. In so doing, the novel explores the language and political realities of Canada.
Marcel is a young boy from a dysfunctional family who demands understanding from the adults who gradually find he has wormed his way into their lives. And they begin to feel a sense of responsibility toward the lad who represents the present of the town. And probably the future.
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