Sainte-Euphrasie, a tiny village on the river’s shore, looks like all the others. The village is slowly dying. In this simple riverside setting, a man, distraught by the death of his parents (whom he hadn’t seen for a long time), goes looking for consolation. Retracing his steps, he will find the old house, the excitement of his childhood games, the invented stories, those that were told to him. A young woman traveller comes with him. A new life will emerge in Sainte-Euphrasie.
It is said that foreigners are like cormorants, spreading death and disease. Is it a coincidence? After their arrival, the village will never be the same again.
In this dense and spellbinding novel, Jean-François Caron accurately depicts the landscape and reality of villages located far from urban centres. The life led in silence, the slippery slopes, the open horizon, and the deserting youth.
Nos échoueries won in 2010 the Prix Jovette-Bernier of the Salon du livre de Rimouski.
154 pages, 978-2-923530-15-4, $19.95