This novel paints a story tinged with ancestral memory, the family and the transmission of knowledge between generations. In a poetic style, the author tells us a captivating story of flight and love, destiny and rootedness. Femme forêt is a powerful invitation to rethink our lives and is available in bookstores.
At the end of a row lulled by the breath of a red tractor pushes the Blue House, whose foundations rest on a tombstone, in balance between the death revealed by the funeral monument and the love story of life that is celebrated there. The walls of the House do not close in on themselves, but rather open up to Nature that embraces it; insects that have been on the same flower for generations, trees that divide to survive, mice that nest in a piano out of tune, fireflies and their dialogue of light. In the Blue House are five children.
Perched on their youth like chickens in the chicken coop, these little explorers discover the extent of their ancestral memory and test the limits of the delicate balance between life and death. Little hands tear off bloodsuckers full of blood, attentive eyes observe snails that choose their sex before mating, love gives grandmothers a scent of caramel, passion turns the ornithologist into a bittern. In the Blue House, “the child treats the wonderful with the delicacy of the wise” and learns that when picked, the dandelions heal themselves and grow back in families of five.
A personal and moving story of lessons from literature, mythology and the natural world, Femme Forêt shows the transformative power of nature. Enlightenment comes from many sources: from the celebration of the solstice, from the picking of fiddleheads, from this great feast given for an aunt who marries for the first time at the age of 80 and from a barn where to make love.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette comes from a line of committed artists. La femme qui fuit, a true cult novel, has won the Prix des libraires du Québec, the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal, as well as the Prix littéraire France-Québec. Femme forêt is her third novel. Published by Marchand de Feuilles, this 304-page book will be available in bookstores for $26.95.