My October

My October

Book - 2014
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Governor   General's Literary Award for Fiction and  Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

Luc L#65533;vesque is a celebrated Quebec novelist and the anointed Voice of a Generation. In his hometown of Montreal, he is revered as much for his novels about the working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri as for his separatist views. But this is 2001. The dreams of a new nation are dying, and Luc himself is increasingly dissatisfied with his life.

 

Hannah is Luc's wife. She is also the daughter of a man who served as a special prosecutor during the October Crisis. For years, Hannah has worked faithfully as Luc's English translator. She has also spent her adult life distancing herself from her English-speaking family. But at what cost?

 

Hugo is their troubled fourteen-year-old son. Living in the shadow of a larger-than-life father, Hugo is struggling with his own identity. In confusion and anger, he commits a reckless act that puts everyone around him on a collision course with the past.

 

Weaving together three unique voices, My October is a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history. Spare and insightful, Claire Holden Rothman's new novel explores the fascinating and sometimes shocking consequences of words left unsaid.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Penguin Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9780143188674
Branch Call Number: FIC Roth
Characteristics: 338 p

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SPL_Pam Sep 06, 2016

Rothman's novel delves deep into the hearts of a family in crisis when 14 year old Hugh is found in possession of a hand gun. Set in Montreal's St. Henri neighbourhood, the events surrounding the 1970 October Crisis three decades earlier remain to have a profound effect on the family of revered Quebecois writer, Luc Levesques.

Having grown up in Quebec during these tumultuous times, My October hits home like no other book I've read. It has definitely earned a place on my Favourite Reads book shelf.

ontherideau Mar 29, 2016

I lived in Montreal during the October Crisis- this story brought back many memories.
My October is about more than the FLQ though, marriage, family relationship, relationship between ethnic groups, and parenting- how we shelter our children sometimes to their detriment.

susankent Nov 03, 2014

I wanted to be swept up by this novel. It was a great idea to take what might have happened to those involved in the October Crisis, and put it in the context 'Two Solitudes', but unfortunately neither the characters nor the story were convincing.

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santiano9
Oct 08, 2014

A good read that did not prompt a flipping to the end. Well drawn characters and good feeling for St Henri area. A look at history from a different angle.

Very pleased to see this made the 2014 Giller Prize longlist.

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