Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
A Novel

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This is, unfortunately, where Desrochers’s novel stumbles. The coureurs du bois in her book are too one-sidedly rough; Deskaheh, too idealized...Despite this rather serious flaw, Bride of New France succeeds in bringing history to life.
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A richly imagined novel is about a young French woman sent to settle in the New World.


Transporting readers from cosmopolitan seventeenth-century Paris to the Canadian frontier, this vibrant debut tells of the struggle to survive in a brutal time and place. Laure Beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage to be trained as a lace maker. Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. But after complaining about her living conditions, she is sent to Canada as a fille du roi, expected to marry a French farmer there. Laure is shocked by the primitive state of the colony and the mingling of the settlers with the native tribes. When her ill-matched husband leaves her alone in their derelict hut for the winter, she must rely on her wits and her clandestine relationship with an Iroquois man for survival.
 

About Suzanne Desrochers

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Suzanne Desrochers, of French Canadian descent, has conducted extensive research on the filles du roi and is writing a PhD thesis at King's College London on the migration of women to America. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published August 6, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 313 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Monique Polak on Mar 04 2011

This is, unfortunately, where Desrochers’s novel stumbles. The coureurs du bois in her book are too one-sidedly rough; Deskaheh, too idealized...Despite this rather serious flaw, Bride of New France succeeds in bringing history to life.

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