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Bride of New France: A Novel Hardcover – August 6, 2012

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Bride of New France is a haunting story of a courageous young woman, shipped over from France to the wilderness of Canada in the 17th century. Beautifully written, Suzanne Desrochers uses the rich detail of the time period to tell us of Laure’s remarkable bravery and determination and to remind us again of the resilience of our forbearers.” (Kathleen Grissom , author of The Kitchen House)

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393073378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393073379
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Desrochers' debut novel, Bride of New France, began as an M.A. thesis project. Fascinated since childhood by the legendary filles du roi, the young Frenchwomen sent to Canada to produce a population for the new colony, the author set out to learn more. With a distinct lack of data, this was no easy task.

Transforming dry facts into a fictional story; creating characters that walk off the page from numbers and records is the aspect of the novel that intrigues me most about the form. And I suggest Desrochers does a fine job of creating an imaginary world and setting her characters in it. Furthermore, her writing is solid. She spins a good yarn; her use of language is fresh and beautiful without being overdone. To the author's credit, the novel reads easily without succumbing to the category of an easy read.

A brief but dramatic prologue introduces our protagonist, Laure Beauséjour, in crisis, and succinctly sets the social landscape of seventeenth-century Paris. The story then picks up a few years later. Laure is now at the Salpêtrière, a pivotal institution in the mass incarceration of the poor of Paris. Here we see Laure interact with peers and witness her reaction to the consequences of their dire circumstances.

There's a magical moment during the reading of a book when you bond with the protagonist. In Laure's case, I confess I struggled. We needn't, however, like a character for the writing to work. Desrochers seems to be aware of this when she comments in her historical notes, "On some levels she is a selfish character, but how else in such circumstances, if not through wit and strength and even malice, could these women have survived and given birth to French North America?
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Very interesting subject matter, which is why I continued reading, curiosity more than enjoying the writing. Sex is a big issue and it is treated like a maiden aunt wrote those scenes. Her husband is called a "pig man" but other than his physical description we don't know what he did to deserve the name. We read about him lifting her skirt and then it's a fade into.....the next scene. The hottie Native American? I couldn't even figure out whether they had sex or not (well until it was absolutely obvious).

I do not need explicit-ness, actually do not prefer it, but please write something about her husbands treatment of her sexually, it is barely touched upon and it is highly important, perhaps the most important issue of her life because she finally starts acting on her own impulses instead of waiting for someone else to tell her what to do.

When I finished I felt sad that the possibility of this book was not achieved. But I did start thinking about those women, the real ones who got shipped out. Survival of the fittest and how many died before they even lived.
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For the first time I must implore my audio aficionados to NOT listen to a book. I am really torn about this because audio books suit me.
The premise of BRIDE OF NEW FRANCE is alluring in the fact that you almost have an idea of what it's about. I suppose I was expecting something along the lines of the 1961 Film THE TRAP with Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham which includes the same premise but with a lot of cinematography and unrequited romance.
The narrator of BRIDE is so sad droll (and maybe this was her purpose) that you cannot really relate to the heroine (and I use that term loosely) Laure as she tries to make a life in the new land.
The beauty of this book seem to be that it lulls you into a false sense of something dramatic is going to happen, yet it never does.
I don't like giving "bad" reviews, and there are some people who may Like this book, but I did not love it. sorry.
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Laure Beausejour grew up in a state-run dormitory in Paris in the 1600s where she dreams of becoming a seamstress. In 1669 she is sent to Canada as a filles du roi, and is expected to marry a French soldier. How will she cope with this complete change in plans?

I found this story to be a very interesting look into history. You always hear about the people who came to Canada to find a new life, but they always come by choice. This is a rare look into the life of a woman pioneer who did not choose to make the journey, but was forced into it.

The mood of the book was very somber. Laure is not a happy woman. Her whole like seem melancholy, and I was left feeling unhappy after reading.

I felt there was a lot of emphasis on Laure's life in Paris before the journey, and not as much told about her life in Canada as I expected. It was still a good chance to view a bit of history from a different viewpoint.
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I read this book on recommendation of my sister (a retired librarian). The both of us are very much into genealogic studies and have many relatives who came to New France (Canada) from France in the 1600's and 1700's to populate the country for the King of France so he could show the rest of the world how vested he was in this "new land". Even though it's a fiction novel, it seemed very much based on the facts of that time in history. It gives real insight into what sorts of everyday lives one's relatives of that time were going through on both sides of the Atlantic. Hard times. This book along with "The Voyageur" by Grace Lee Nute put a clear picture in one's mind of what your relatives were up to and perhaps shed light on why it is so difficult to trace your lineage when the French and the First Nation Peoples slept with one another perhaps as part of a fur trade deal or just to keep warm, not necessarily thinking of a wife as someone to "be true" to. When tracing genealogic roots in slavery of the United States many times you can go so far and then you can go no further. Cruel but true. It is somewhat like this in Canada when people were married "in the fashion of the country". Only the priests kept records and they often changed the names of individuals. And they certainly kept no records on anyone not willing to convert to catholocism. I liked this book because it is very pertinent to my personal family history and probably a lot closer to fact than fiction.
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