In her new novel, Jenny Sauro, writer, painter and filmmaker Marc Séguin tells the story of the life and the disappearance of a young waitress living in a small village built at the edge of the border. When Jenny disappears while rescuing his son from drowning, it is the consternation. Everyone knew Jenny. Marc Séguin is revived, with a feather beautiful, precise, mesmerizing, rich, loaded with emotions.
At North Station, a small border town, everyone knows Jenny Sauro, the waitress in the only restaurant of the village. When it disappears while rescuing his son from drowning, the people are in shock.
Marc Séguin draw up the balance of the life of Jenny in this novel, as it would be the inventory of gestures, signifiers and various times, telling Jenny of multiple points of view. His father, his son, the father of the child, the clients of the restaurant, the people passing by : all the world speaks of this beautiful woman, and brave, and of his dreams and his disappointments.
“This is the first time that I am out of the “I”. I wanted to write a story of “I” which is not fiction and that only flirts not with it either. I have the impression that there is a need to tell stories, and that’s a good thing,” says Marc Seguin, in an interview.
“I had this need to write a history, invent. Of course, it is part of a story, of someone who is dying drowned in a lake. I wanted to talk home we also speak of our territory, speak of the winter, talk of the North, the snow, the cycle of the seasons, but all of that is in the third person, as a narrator.”
The strength of the women
He was keen that the main character of his novel is a woman. “It allowed me to make him say things, through a filter of guys, and observe. Jenny has a lot of resilience. She is also resigned, sometimes, but she accepts her life. I observed among the women, and I wanted to speak of this force and of a certain kind of solitude.”
Marc Séguin note the instinctive side of his writing, which is closer to his work as a painter. “It’s very much like when I paint : at a given moment, when it takes the red, it takes a red…”, does it give as an example.
“Jenny, I invented friends. She wonders about the death, on hunches, on what we think, what we know of our future. These are concerns that are part of my life, to me.”
His novel is highly introspective. “I have never hesitated to that Jenny is a woman between two ages, which is asking questions about life. It was important that I did speak to a woman, in 2020. Someone who chooses a life that is possible.”
The writer says that Jenny is a collage of three women he knows… and a fourth that he invented. “Once you understand how is your character she starts to think for itself, to have a certain degree of autonomy.” These women, who he is inspired by are the women to whom he is immensely confident in life. “They are free. They are instinctive. There’s something there.”
Her Jenny is a waitress in a small restaurant in the village. But his personality traits that may apply to many of the world. “I think the freedom, the wildness or the lucidity of Jenny, it can be in all social classes.”
Jenny Sauro, Marc Séguin. Éditions Leméac, 280 pages.
- Artist painter renowned, Marc Séguin has also made a film (Stealing Alice, 2016) and a documentary (The farm and its States, 2017).
- He has published books noticed, that The faith of a poacher, Hollywood, North Alice, The repentance.
- His work as an author has made him a finalist for numerous literary awards and won the literary Prize of college students.
“Jenny had called her father to North three days later : she preferred to stay alone some time and grieve without help. She had just turned twelve a few weeks earlier. “Dad, mom won’t come back this time,” she had said, sure of it. His mother was a party in Montreal with a man she hardly knew. Jenny was therefore returned to live with his father. It would have news from his mother that after thirteen years of silence.”
- Marc Séguin, Jenny Sauro, Editions Lemeac