Drama with the fishers in the gaspé peninsula

Drame chez les pêcheurs gaspésiens

Passionate about the people of the sea – she herself has sailed much, and the talented Roxanne Bouchard offers this summer, a second survey of her irresistible detective Moralès in her new novel, The bride of coral. The plot unfolds in the vicinity of Gaspé, in the world of commercial fishing. A delight to read, where there is so much tension that of poetry.

When Joaquin Moralès is called to investigate the disappearance of a captain of a lobster boat, he hesitates : his son has just landed in his home, drunk as a man who has lost everything. But when the body of Angel Roberts is found, it is not procrastinating more.

The bride of coral is the second book of the series Moralès, introduced with We were the salt of the sea. At the request of his publisher in london, who immediately saw the potential for a mystery series with this character, Roxanne Bouchard disappeared in the universe of Moralès and fishermen in the gaspé peninsula to create the second survey.

The adventure pleased him immensely, especially as she has been able to count on the collaboration of fishermen in this beautiful region who have told him all sorts of anecdotes and responded to questions of a technical nature.

“I wanted to talk about commercial fishermen,” she said in an interview. “I’m in contact with fishermen of the Gaspé, which make the big commercial fishing. They have said to me : “Come and see us, we will tell you.” So I’ve done a lot of interviews. I went three times in the Gaspé peninsula. “

Roxanne has also met women who do this job – and there are very few. “I spent a day with a worked. It was super interesting, what she told me. I met a guy who fishes for lobster in the Forillon national park, in places where it is very regulated. And I’ve met some guys that fish for shrimp, large shrimp. Of the deep-sea fishing. I find it flipped over. “

She has collected true stories and his work as a novelist has coated fiction. It is not at all inspired by various facts that had occurred there, for example. “All the investigation around the girl who dies, in a wedding dress, it is fiction. But all the fishing stories are true. “

Real issues

The writer Joliette reminds us that commercial fishing is a real trade – not just something of the picturesque, in the eyes of the tourists. “There is jealousy. There is money that goes there. There are real economic issues. In 1992, there has been a moratorium on cod fishing in the Gaspé. It hurts. In the survey, all of this happens. I’ve added a small historical section. “


She found the Gaspesians generous and welcoming… and has not had trouble being accepted in the community. “I’ve already been a crew member on boats sailing. I’ve done it for several years and then I got on the 28 boats in four years. I sailed across the river, in the baie des Chaleurs, in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. I went in the South. I have been sailing on lake Champlain. I’ve sailed around a bit. “

She has also met with O’neil Poirier by docking in the harbour of Mont-Louis. “It is a character in my first novel. Every time I go to the Gaspé, I’m going to see O’neil. And when I have questions of fishing, it is all the time to him that I called. ”

  • Roxanne Bouchard is essayist, novelist and playwright.
  • She teaches literature at cégep de Joliette.
  • She has received the prix Robert-Cliche in 2005 and the Grand Prix de la relève littéraire Archambault 2007.
  • His fourth novel, We were the salt of the sea, was a finalist for the Prix littéraire France-Québec in 2015, and was published in London in 2018, in English, with Orenda Books. The Coral Flange will be published in November.
  • The swiss publisher Atrium has acquired rights in German of two surveys of Joaquin Moralès.


Roxanne Bouchard.
Éditions Libre Expression
392 pages.”>

The bride coral
Roxanne Bouchard.
Éditions Libre Expression
392 pages.

The water soaks the fabric, wetting his thighs. The wave curves up to the right height, the current is calculated. Nothing to complain, this is a death well planned. Everything is there : the wedding dress, the lobster boat and this way of the moon, elusive as it borrows like a fish himself is stuck in a bait copper. “We are attached to lures fairy, my daughter, because we have faith, dream of the damned of the sea.” His mother was right, but she does not regret anything.

– Roxanne Bouchard, The bride of coral, Éditions Libre Expression

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