The Road Past Altamont by Gabrielle Roy (40)

This is the third and last book I recently read by Gabrielle Roy.  So, I will review it to complete my month’s of books reviewed.

In this highly acclaimed story, Roy creates the unforgettable characters of Christine and her vibrant, full-blooded family. In this story Roy daringly returns to the same characters and the nearly identical time span.  In four connected stories about a young girl’s growing up in Manitoba and her decision to become a writer creates a new and deeply personal story, one that I can relate to.

I too was brought up in a small town in North-west Laval, Montreal. I also wrote and loved that as an outlet against the backdrop of isolation and silencing quiet. It was a time to write, reflect, read, and become who I am today–a writer but nothing close to great as this author. But this story transported me to that time and place.

Roy’s story is compassionate and raw in emotion. It will help readers, especially female readers, to think of some of the good things in life. Also, it may even help the reader realize that every situation has a rainbow to hope for.

Roy’s story weaves a haunting, poignant tale with delicate but a substantial  network of impressions, emotions, and human relationships.

I loved this story from start to finish.


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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