By Véronique-Marie Kaye
Dans un quartier populaire d’Ottawa au milieu du siècle dernier, Marjorie Chalifoux, jeune couturière de dix-neuf ans, mène une vie rangée et silencieuse à l’ombre d’un père irascible – un homme étrange rompu dans l’art de l. a. dialog avec les morts.
Son lifestyles tranquille prendra un tournant inattendu, et pour cause : elle est enceinte d’un amoureux qui a european l. a. mauvaise idée de mourir dans un twist of fate de voiture… Et elle doit l’annoncer à son père !
Poussée par le destin, elle cherchera à donner un nouveau sens à sa vie. Son périple, qui l. a. mènera jusqu’à Montréal, lui fera rencontrer des personnages plus étonnants les uns que les autres. Elle goûtera à l’amour, aux plaisirs de los angeles chair et apprendra – à son propre étonnement – qu’au fond d’elle-même se cachait une femme déterminée, débrouillarde, têtue et manifestement charmante.
Ce roman épique est teinté par un brin de folie très à propos, à los angeles manière d’un Éric Dupont («La fiancée américaine», Marchand de feuilles) ou d’un Gabriel García Márquez. Empreint d’humour et de tendresse pour une humanité fragile, il laissera le lecteur ébloui par le expertise de conteuse de l’auteure.
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Marjorie Chalifoux by Véronique-Marie Kaye