Une vie neuve
A brilliantly funny novel about cultural inheritance and transmitting knowledge across generations – a homage to family and to the people of Quebec, as well as a survey of recent history. For as Stendhal said, politics is a millstone around the neck of literature.
2012 was a landmark year for Quebec and it is recounted in this novel, told from the perspective of the four siblings of the Leduc family: Philippe, Benoît, Jean and Marie. History moves slowly and everyone describes their own trajectory within it: gazing out from his office tower, Philippe witnesses the awakening of a new generation; Benoît, an atheist who by walking the Camino de Santiago, is trying to get over a love affair; Jean, a bitter old man whose days are numbered, broods on his past failures; and Marie launches herself into one final tumultuous adventure.
Inspired by the great French writers of the nineteenth century, Alexandre McCabe depicts a brand-new society in which ambition, love, disillusionment and hope vie for supremacy. Through the entwined destinies of his characters, he develops a sociological portrait of Quebec’s future.
184 pages, 978-2-924519-56-1, $21.95