The Lost French Island focuses on the vicissitudes of a large family living in Saint Pierre et Miquelon, struggling to survive in an often harsh physical and economic climate. The life of the rebellious Gabrielle is chronicled as she comes of age and learns about life, love, passion, and tragedy. As she grows up, her thirst to see the world outside of the island becomes too intense and at age 16 she manages to convince her parents to allow her to leave St Pierre unchaperoned for Paris to attend school. That is the beginning of her travels, triumphs, and defeats on land and at sea. Saint Pierre et Miquelon is an archipelago of three islands located off the coast of Canada, belonging to France. Yes, to France. Those islands are in fact the only real French possession in North America. Most Americans have never heard of Saint Pierre et Miquelon, but you can bet Al Capone has as a place to store the whiskey he bought in Canada to smuggle back to the U.S. For the 8,000 people who inhabit Saint Pierre et Miquelon, life is a unique experience as they are French people living in North America. France forgets about them so often that they sometimes become rebellious against French authorities. They are warm, strong, and passionate individuals who share a wonderful solidarity. This novel was originally published in Paris, France in 1998 in French with the title, L’aile Brisée (Broken Wing). It was translated to English as the author’s way of sharing a bit of life on the islands with Americans and other English-speaking people of the world.
The Lost French Island
The Lost French Island focuses on the vicissitudes of a large family living in Saint Pierre et Miquelon, struggling to survive in an often harsh physical and economic climate.
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