Smouldering Fires

Smouldering Fires

Book - 2010
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Novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived over 200 years earlier. A shy high school senior, Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well-to-do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French-Canadian grandfather. Amy's passion is for the 19th-century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure. Her immersion in the poet's life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfather's tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of "le grand dérangement," when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia in 1775. Amy has steeped herself in the lore of the period, and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results. What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or, at least, genetic memory.
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2010, c1975
Edition: Unabridged ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION SET
Characteristics: 159 p. ; 21 cm


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