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Where Nests the Water Hen
Where Nests the Water Hen | Gabrielle Roy
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The story of Where Nests the Water Hen is as pure as the lives of the people in it – and as unforgettable. Set in the remote wilderness of northern Manitoba, this sunny, tender idyll of daily frontier life captures, as few novels ever have, the spirit and the surroundings of the pioneers – not the adventurers and trailblazers who make the headlines, but rather the humble folk who follow after and remain, living out their lives in obscurity to keep the trails open. Where Nests the Water Hen, Gabrielle Roy’s second novel, is a sensitive and sympathetic tale that captures both the innocence and the vitality of a sparsely populated frontier. From the Paperback edition.
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Found at today‘s book sale:

Okay, this one might be a bit obscure if you‘re not Canadian but I was thrilled to find this first edition of the author‘s second book. Where are my French-Canadian lit lovers? 😉

Leftcoastzen Looks interesting! So great to find a first in pretty good shape! 2w
batsy And such a charming cover! (sorry to be comment spamming you, but your book finds today have me very excited 😂) 2w
merelybookish Beautiful! I found one of her books recently. (Street of Riches.) A US first edition. 2w
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Cathythoughts Yes o agree with @batsy a charming cover 👍🏻♥️ 2w
llwheeler Great find! 2w
Lindy This is one we studied in high school Langue et Literature class. 💕 2w
Reviewsbylola I gotta say, the title doesn‘t excite me. 😆 Adorable book tho! 2w
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen It‘s always a treat, isn‘t it? 2w
LeahBergen @batsy Hey, I just “book sale spammed” you so I think we‘re even. 😉 2w
LeahBergen @merelybookish Ohhh, nice! 👍🏻 2w
LeahBergen @Lindy I prefer the French title. 2w
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Right?? That title! 😆 It IS better in French (see above). (edited) 2w
Chrissyreadit I don‘t know why I did not think of this- but can you recommend any good French Canadian books that come in French and English? Or Younger book? My daughter is studying French and loves it. She is reading Candide now (French and English side by side). I hope to visit Canada this year so she can be immersed in French for a few days. 2w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Oh, let me think on that! How old is she? And what‘s her (usual) favourite genre? 2w
Chrissyreadit @LeahBergen she will be 17 in July. She loves pretty diverse stuff. From Shakespeare to Eleanor and Park and Little Women, she‘s enjoying Candide. And Then There Were None was a favorite too. 2w
Chrissyreadit She said Homegoing was a favorite too. I think she would like a lot of books you typically post about. 2w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit She might like this author‘s first book which is a Canadian classic 1w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Or this one (which I haven‘t read yet but seems a bit dark and twisted 😆) (edited) 1w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Or this one (which I‘ve been meaning to read) 1w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Oh! And there are fantastic graphic novels coming out of Quebec. She might find some of those fun to learn French with. 1w
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Let me ask some of the Francophone Litsy experts here! 😆 @CouronneDhiver @tournevis @writerlibrarian Do you have any good recommendations for a literary teen learning French? Please see above 👆🏻 (edited) 1w
LeahBergen @writerlibrarian Thank you! I totally forgot about 1w
Chrissyreadit @LeahBergen @writerlibrarian thank you so much! I will share your suggestions with her. Do you know easiest place to order books in French? 1w
writerlibrarian Leslibraires.ca you will pay way too much through Amazon or renaudbray.ca you can choose whichever indépendant book store you want through leslibraires.ca if you want suggestions let me know. @Chrissyreadit (edited) 1w
writerlibrarian @Chrissyreadit I just thought of another author Kim Thuy she is amazing 1w
RaimeyGallant *slinks away because I haven't read a French Canadian author since high school* 1w
Lindy @Chrissyreadit It sounds like your daughter enjoys being challenged. Good for her! I second @writerlibrarian suggestion of anything by Kim Thuy. Other slim novels published in both languages include Little Beast (Julie Demers); Kuessipan (Naomi Fontaine) and 6d
Lindy @Chrissyreadit And one of my very favourite Québécois novels: 6d
Chrissyreadit @Lindy thanks!!! You are all amazing. Now to figure out how to order the books in French, not English. 6d
LeahBergen @Lindy I should‘ve tagged you, too, for this! Thanks. 😘 6d
LeahBergen @RaimeyGallant Right?? 🤫 6d
Chrissyreadit @writerlibrarian I‘m going to show her the library link you shared. Can anyone use it? I think getting a book she can mark up to support translation and studying might be easier- but I‘m also figuring this out. Pretty excited in a geeky way. I promised her a trip to Quebec too. 6d
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit Check out amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca to start. 6d
Chrissyreadit @LeahBergen thank you!!! 6d
writerlibrarian @Chrissyreadit yes you can use the links. 🙂 6d
writerlibrarian @Chrissyreadit yes you an use both links they ship the books through the mail. 🙂 6d
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#aprilbookshowers Day 7: #womenintranslation

I inherited my small collection of Gabrielle Roy translations from an older relative's library and really enjoy her work. I'd like to read more, and read more in French.