This is another author that I decided to give a try over the holidays. She is another author from Quebec that tweaked my attention. However, now that I have sampled her writing in this book, I will probably look her up again.
Interestingly, Anne Hebert and Mavis Gallant were friends during their lives. So, Mavis Gallant wrote a wonderful and intimate introduction about Anne Hebert at the beginning of this volume.
For the first time, Anne Hebert’s last four novels and some of her most accomplished and best-loved fiction of a more than sixty-year career are published together.
This book contains the beautiful and tragic Burden of Dreams which was a winner of the Governor General’s Award for French fiction. It is a piece that I reread three different times over a few days.
Anne Hebert was an icon of Canadian and Québécois literature. She was the winner of three Governor General’s Awards and the Prix Femina. She wrote novels, poetry and plays to unrivalled international acclaim and was a Companion of the Order of Canada.
What a wonderful set of stories in this book! It is a must read for everyone who is committed to reading Canadian literature and celebrating great authors.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth