My October, by Claire Holden Rothman (86)

This is a story about the Quebec that I remember as a child during the FLQ Crisis. There was so much upheaval and tumult. I was worried as were all my friends and neighbours.

This story transported me back into that time in my life. It is classified as a political type of fiction that deserves to become a classic.

Luc Levesque is a celebrated Quebec writer and the anointed Voice of a Generation. In his hometown of Montreal, he is revered as much as his novels about the working-class neighbourhood of St. Henri as for his separatist views. But this is 2001. The dreams of a nation are dying, and Luc is increasingly dissatisfied with his life.

Hannah is Luc’s wife. She is also the daughter of a man who served as a special prosecutor during the October Crisis. For years, Hannah has worked faithfully as Luc’s English translator. She has also spent her adult life distancing herself from her English-speaking family. But at what cost?

Hugo is their troubled fourteen-year-old son. Living in the shadow o a larger than life father, Hugo is struggling with his own identity. In confusion and anger, he commits a reckless act that puts everyone around him on a collision course with the past.

Weaving together three unique voices, My October is a masterful tale of a modern family torn apart by the power of language and the weight of history. Spare and insightful, the author’s new novel explores the sometimes shocking consequences of words left unsaid.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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