Romans from here: something to console yourself

Romans from here: what to console

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With After Céleste , Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve offers a pretty tale to grown-ups who need consolation.

The theme of maternity that does not come is increasingly explored by Quebec writers – a tale of expectations, disappointments and suffering that finally emerges from the intimacy where it was hitherto lived.

Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve dives into it in her turn, but with such sweetness that her story extends to all the griefs that one can live. Because the question is for everyone the same: where to take refuge after a great pain?

For Dolorès, the narrator of Après Céleste , it will be to return to the family home . It is located in Moreau, a small village so little known that “even the nearest town is a minor, negligible town […] of which everyone has only a vague mental image & nbsp;”. & Nbsp;

But “the houses in Moreau are magical”. Nepveu-Villeneuve will exploit the phenomenon in the figurative sense, but also in the literal sense as she will know how to release all the appeasement that daily gestures can provide.

The last bridge

Dolorès needs this numbness because, for the third time, she has lost a child during pregnancy. This one, she was able to hold him in her arms and give him a name: Celeste. But she can't make it up the slope and sinks into guilt. And this pain does not equate to that of Simon, her lover. The couple is falling apart.

Dolores will therefore isolate herself where she grew up, enjoying the home while her parents are away on a trip. Moreover, in the heart of summer, there are not many people in the village, except for its neighbors, alone too.

Next door is Madame Labelle, the neighbor cake of her childhood. A nasty fall reduces his movements, so Dolorès will give him a hand. Opposite, Olivia, a recently moved girl, is bored. Her father, a young widower, works a lot and there is no other child around.

Three generations of women will therefore become a trio that will come together around an injured bird, shared snacks and card games. Confidences will eventually be exchanged, but without dulling it. & Nbsp;

It is very simple, very commonplace, and yet it is a whole safety net that little by little is woven in front of us. It will allow Dolorès to settle down and dive back into her memories, the difficult ones – the so impersonal universe of the hospital or the broken friendships – like the sweet ones, those who bring her back to her story with Simon.

< p> Nepveu-Villeneuve presents all this with delicacy, until we go from a credible story to a fanciful conclusion. With Dolorès and Olivia, we will open the door to a magical forest, with no going back. & Nbsp;

This crossing will be the last bridge for Dolorès to look to the future, reconciling with its sorrow.

It couldn't be better: tales do good.

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