Bride of New France
A Canadian bestseller, this 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... show more
A Canadian bestseller, this 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.
Publish date: August 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 17th Century
, Canadian Literature
Bride of New France, Suzanne Durocher’s’ debut historical novel introduces us to the famous Filles du Roi, sent over to populate the French settlements along the St-Lawrence River of Canada in the late 1600’s. These women, either orphans, the destitute, criminals or prostitutes endured a perilous jo...
I am so conflicted about this book! The setting (17th century Paris and 'New France'/Canada) and premise (government-made orphan shipped with dozens of other girls to frontier Canada for forced marriages to French settlers) are fascinating, but I just couldn't stand the novel's narrative style (thir...
In Bride of New France, Suzanne Desrochers presents a fascinating picture of women, especially poor women, in the 1600s. Their lack of options and their poor treatment at the hands of almost everyone will raise a reader's ire. Unfortunately, Laure's story is meant to be particularly poignant but rin...
Obtained: Through Goodreads First Reads I have to say, this just isn't the book for me. When I first read the summary, I was expecting a story of a woman who had a depressing hard life that fell in love with someone she's not supposed to because of society's standards. I normally like reading histor...
I felt nothing for Laure, the protagonist. I though perhaps after the death of Mirelle, she would begin to develop as a character. Nope. She's a flat, selfish character with disconnected thoughts and then the book just ... ends.