Faced with the illness of his wife Marie-Hélène, Pierre LeBlanc finds himself overwhelmed by the past – a Franco-American who fled to Quebec after World War II to escape his memories as a prisoner of war in the Philippines and the English language in which he lived this experience. He also left behind Lorraine and the lost child they were both afraid to mention. Years later in Montreal – during the terrorist crisis of 1970 – his daughter Danielle struggles to claim Pierre’s abandoned language and her American roots, while Marie-Hélène’s illness confronts him with his unspoken fear of suffering and death. Alone on his farm, he looks after the land until an encounter from the past helps him come to terms with the sorrows of his life.
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A Gardener On The Moon won the Ken Klonsky Novella Prize from Quattro Books (2010)
Praise for A Gardener on the Moon
“A Gardener On The Moon is a beautifully evoked Canadian tale of what wars do to us and to those we love. Carole Giangrande offers a poignant meditation on guilt, loss, language and memory.”
Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace