The Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart

The Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart

by Syr Ruus
     
 

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Based on historical records, Silence of Stone recounts the story of Marguerite de Roberval, a young French noblewoman. During a colonizing expedition to New France in 1542, she falls in love with a soldier. Jean-François de Roberval, the commander of the expedition and Marguerite’s guardian, is so outraged at the disgrace she has brought upon the Roberval…  See more details below

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Based on historical records, Silence of Stone recounts the story of Marguerite de Roberval, a young French noblewoman. During a colonizing expedition to New France in 1542, she falls in love with a soldier. Jean-François de Roberval, the commander of the expedition and Marguerite’s guardian, is so outraged at the disgrace she has brought upon the Roberval name that he abandons her, her lover, and a servant on the Isle of Demons, a small island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Marguerite survives, spending nearly a year entirely alone. More than two years after her abandonment, she returns to France, rescued from the island by a Breton fishing ship.

In Silence of Stone, Marguerite at thirty-six is an entirely different woman from the eighteen-year-old abandoned on the Isle of Demons, so much so that she speaks of her younger self as “she.” Sixteen years after her return to France, relentlessly questioned by King François II’s geographer, André Thevet, Marguerite reluctantly recounts her life on the island.

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From the Publisher
"Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart explores a blurred divide between the commonplace and the surreal."
- Fred Armstrong, CBC Broadcaster and author of Happiness of Fish

"[A] highly readable novel, full of memorable characters ... She writes with wit and grace ... The efforts of other characters to solve Emmanuel's "problem" provide little solace to him, but plenty of humour for the reader."
- Joan Givner, critic and author

"Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is an off-kilter, but ultimately insightful novel... done in a funny, crisp way. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel."
-Chad Pelley, Saltyink.com, January 2010

"The confident writing and the interesting twists go deep and keep you reading."
-Sharon Hunt, The Chronicle Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550812435
Publisher:
Breakwater Books Ltd.
Publication date:
08/26/2009
Series:
ACT
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Syr Ruus was born in Estonia at the start of the Second World War. As a small child, she escaped with her mother to Germany. After the war ended they lived in various DP camps before immigrating to the United States where she grew up and received her education. In 1970, she moved to Nova Scotia, working as a teacher while raising her three children. She has written a prize-winning juvenile novel and published short fiction in anthologies and journals. Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is the recipient of the H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia.

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