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Foreword: A Second Portrait

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pp. v-x

Alain Poissant grew up in Napierville, but he has denied that the story is autobiographical (Houdassine, 2014). Richard Boisvert (2014) called the novel “a love story that doesn’t seem to be one.” 2 Danielle Laurin (2013...

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1: One

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pp. 1-12

A farm on a range. A model farm, like all farms in Quebec had become since the sixties. Vast fields that had been cleared of stones and drained deep. Lone trees standing against the horizon like knick-knacks on a shelf. Buildings covered in galvanized steel sheets gleaming in the sun. Black and white cows tied up in front of...

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2: Two

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pp. 13-23

In Napierville, the elementary school is in the middle of town, halfway between the Pointe des Patriotes and the arena. The principal, Aline, set her cup of coffee down on the cubby in the hall and unlocked the heavy doors to the schoolyard. The first bus bringing...

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3: Three

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pp. 24-31

The principal entered, followed by the Kid. The class had split into little groups that talked loudly with their backs to the door. The Kid walked into the noise. He set his backpack down on his desk and took off his jacket. Underneath, he was wearing a red t-shirt with white trim, on the back of which was the name and...

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4: Four

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pp. 32-40

The dog was running as fast as it could diagonally towards the road. The yellow school bus was going as fast as it could, too. The dog was in trouble. The yellow school bus was going much faster than the dog was. Marquis was driving. Mechanically and without concern he navigated the road’s...

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5: Five

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pp. 41-46

Fate had been testing Marquis’ family for several years. As though the sky above Napierville conspired against them. Fate had struck first when Marquis’ father was sent to prison. He was sentenced to two years less a day for tax fraud. Of those two years...

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6: Six

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pp. 47-51

Graziella had learned that they were getting ready to build along the river to the west of Napierville. Someone with money and well-placed friends had bought a piece of land formerly reserved for agriculture and had then obtained permits from the Commission de protection...

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7: Seven

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pp. 52-61

From the start of the ceremony, the Old Man saw that his whole family, down to the most distant nephews, was there. Many names escaped him, but all those people were his kin. He thought of his own death. He would have liked it to come immediately, before...

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8: Eight

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pp. 62-70

During the summer Francis rarely went into town. He got up at dawn, fed the cows, milked them, checked to see that they were in good health, and fed the calves. After lunch, he got down to the drudgery of dealing with the manure and then, if the weather was...

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9: Nine

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pp. 71-80

Are you…? Yes. Francis. Graziella. When she saw someone approaching quickly from the other side of the memorial, slightly hunched, arms swinging, shirtsleeves rolled up to his elbows, she thought: man seeks woman. Then she had turned it around in her mind: woman seeks man. Dreams colliding...

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About the Series, Other Works in the Series

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pp. 81-81

The Literary Translation series publishes English or French translations of contemporary or classic works in various literary genres, chosen for their unique qualities from the Canadian and international literary...