A Good Life celebrates the generation of men who survived the Great Depression and the Second World War, and who ascended to prosperity in the booming post-war economy.
With characteristic charm and humour, Francois Gravel follows the lives of the Fillion children notably Louis and his brothers Philippe, Leo and Edouard from their start in a close-knit community on the east side of Montreal through the opportunities of the fifties and the changes that transformed Quebec in the sixties and seventies.
When their father loses his factory job because of the stock market crash of 1929, the Fillion brothers set out to earn money for the family by selling the scrap lumber they scavenge from the docks. A brief gang war with the Irish Catholics of the district destroys this venture and the brothers turn to making and selling furniture. From there it's a short and easy step to opening their own store, and they begin to build a successful business.
Louis becomes the leader and a gifted, if reluctant, salesman; it's his life the novel follows most closely as he marries, has children, acquires his first car, and builds his dream home in one of the new developments on Montreal's South Shore.
Rarely does a novel capture the essence of an entire generation as well and in as entertaining a manner as does A Good Life.
The English-language version of Francois Gravel's Fillion et freres is beautifully rendered by award-winning translator Sheila Fischman.
About the Author
Francois Gravel is the author of La Note de passage, Benito, L'Effet Summerhill, Corneilles, and Bonheur Fou. He has won a Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Sheila Fischman has won numerous awards for her fantastic translations of some of French Canada's best authors. She lives in Montreal.
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