byAnais Barbeau-lavaletteTranslated byRhonda Mullins

April 24, 2017|
Suzanne by Anais Barbeau-lavalette
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Eighty-five years of art and history through the eyes of a woman who fled her family - as re-imagined by her granddaughter.

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette never knew her mother''s mother. Curious to understand why her grandmother, Suzanne, a sometime painter and poet associated with Les Automatistes, a movement of dissident artists that included Paul-Ãmile Borduas, abandoned her husband and young family, Barbeau-Lavalette hired a private detective to piece together Suzanne''s life.

Suzanne, winner of the Prix des libraires du Québec and a bestseller in French, is a fictionalized account of Suzanne''s life over eighty-five years, from Montreal to New York to Brussels, from lover to lover, through an abortion, alcoholism, Buddhism, and an asylum. It takes readers through the Great Depression, Québec''s Quiet Revolution, women''s liberation, and the American civil rights movement, offering a portrait of a volatile, fascinating woman on the margins of history. And it''s a granddaughter''s search for a past for herself, for understanding and forgiveness.

''It''s about a nameless despair, an unbearable sadness. But it''s also a reflection on what it means to be a mother, and an artist. Most of all, it''s a magnificent novel.''- Les Méconnus

Born in 1979, and named an Artist for Peace in 2012, Anais Barbeau-Lavalette has directed several award-winning documentary features. She also directed two fiction features: Le Ring (2008), Inch''allah (2012, which received the Fipresci Prize in Berlin). She is the author of the travelogue Embrasser Yasser Arafat (2011) and the n...
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.41 X 8.43 X 0.92 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.41 X 8.43 X 0.92 in
Published:April 24, 2017
Publisher:Coach House Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781552453476

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