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SONGS FOR THE COLD OF HEART

Eric Dupont I

  • Original Title: LA FIANCÉE AMÉRICAINE
  • Publication date: October 2012
  • Publisher: MARCHAND DE FEUILLES
  • Country: CA
  • 558 print pages
  • Epics/Saga

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

Pitch

Nuns that appear out of thin air, a dinner party at the Goebbels’, Quebec’s very own Margaret Thatcher, a grandma that just won’t die (not until the archangel comes back). This is a yarn to rival the best of them, a big fat whopper of a tall tale that bounces around from provincial Rivière-du-Loup in 1919 to Nagasaki, 1990s Berlin, Rome, and beyond.

Comments

Translation rights sold: USA (in a very nice deal)

Shortlisted for The 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Has received the Prix des libraires du Québec 2013.


  1. 000 copies sold in Quebec.



Denys Arcand is looking for a co-producer to make a movie based on the novel.

The humorous tale of a family and their intricate web of passion, jealousy, love, and revenge spanning decades and continents.

Similar to 100 hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP world according to Garp by John Irving.

Summary

This very dense and rich novel tells the story of the Lamontagne family who comes from a little town, Rivière-du-Loup, in Quebec. It all starts in 1918 with the arrival of an American woman in the family and it ends in 2000 in Rome and in Berlin with the descendants of this American fiancée. The novel focuses on the story of Louis Lamontagne, the son of the American fiancée, a handsome funeral company owner, the story of his daughter Madeleine who becomes a successful restaurant owner and also the stories of Madeleine’s twin sons, Gabriel and Michel, who leave Quebec for Rome and Berlin. We also meet one of their relatives, Magdalena Berg, whose story takes us at the heart of WWII and of Puccini’s opera.

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  • Author’s biography

    Eric Dupont lives and works in Montreal. He is a past winner of Radio-Canada’s “Combat des livres” (the equivalent of the CBC’s Canada Reads contest), a finalist for the Prix littéraire France-Québec and the Prix des cinq continents, and a winner of the Prix des libraires and the Prix littéraire des collégiens. His fourth novel, LA FIANCÉE AMÉRICAINE (SONGS FOR THE COLD OF HEART ), has sold over 60,000 copies in Quebec alone.