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Windflower

By Gabrielle Roy

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Format: Paperback
Published In: United Kingdom, 29 January 2008
Set against the austere landscape of northern Labrador, "Windflower" is the poignant story of Elsa Kumachuk, a young Inuit woman torn between two worlds by the birth of her blond-haired, blue-eyed son. Unacknowledged by his father, an American GI, the child is welcomed into the Inuit community with astonishment and delight. Elsa, however, must come to terms with the conflicting values implied by her son s dual heritage. Gabrielle Roy s last novel, "Windflower" is both a moving account of one woman s tragic dilemma and a sensitive portrait of a society in transition. "From the Paperback edition.""

About the Author

Gabrielle Roy was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, in 1909. Her parents were part of the large Quebec emigration to western Canada in the late nineteenth century. The youngest of eight children, she studied in a convent school for twelve years, then taught school herself, first in isolated Manitoba villages and later in St. Boniface. In 1937 Roy travelled to Europe to study drama, and during two years spent in London and Paris she began her writing career. The approaching war forced her to return to Canada, and she settled in Montreal. Roy's first novel, The Tin Flute, ushered in a new era of realism in Quebec fiction with its compassionate depiction of a working-class family in Montreal's Saint-Henri district. Her later fiction often turned for its inspiration to the Manitoba of her childhood and her teaching career. In 1947 Roy married Dr. Marcel Carbotte, and after a few years in France, they settled in Quebec City, which was to remain their home. Roy complemented her fiction with essays, reflective collections, and three children's books. Her many honours include three Governor General's Awards, France's Prix Femina, and Quebec's Prix David. Gabrielle Roy died in Quebec City, Quebec, in 1983.

EAN: 9780771094200
ISBN: 0771094205
Publisher: New Canadian Library
Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.1 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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