By Micheline Duff
Les secrets and techniques de famille d’une amie et de captivantes recherches ont amené Micheline Duff à écrire cette poignante saga. pursuits démesurées, conflits entre les communautés, exploitation des travailleurs, rêves et illusions, haine et amour : tout y est pour que le lecteur tourne avidement chaque web page, jusqu’à los angeles dernière, l. a. curiosité piquée à vif et le coeur shiny d’émotion.
2 septembre 1880. Joseph Laurin se recueille une dernière fois devant l. a. dépouille de sa femme exposée dans le salon de leur maison. Quelques heures plus tard, après avoir mis le feu à l. a. demeure, il disparaît dans los angeles nuit, avec ses trois fillettes endormies dans l. a. charrette, pour ne plus jamais revenir au Saguenay.
C’est par ce fait réel que s’amorce le leading tome de los angeles saga historique Au bout de l’exil, où los angeles vérité et l. a. fiction s’entremêlent habilement pour raconter l’exode d’une famille vers los angeles Nouvelle-Angleterre. À los angeles recherche d’une vie meilleure, comme tant d’autres Canadiens français, Marguerite, Anne, Camille et leur étrange père vivront aux États-Unis des aventures palpitantes. Mais trouveront-ils le bonheur dans ce monde aussi fascinant que merciless, caractérisé par l. a. montée de l’industrialisation et du capitalisme ? Et le destin leur permettra-t-il de réaliser leur grand désir de survie et d’affranchissement ?
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Johannes Robin, formerly Rabinowich, was making money again, though on a far more modest scale than that which he had known in Germany. Johannes didn’t sell anything to Nazis or Fascists—he left that to his long-time partner, Robbie, who had a stronger stomach. Johannes was tireless in reading newspapers and technical journals, watching out for large-scale business enterprises which perhaps had never realized how they might speed up their work by the use of airplanes. A greatly changed Johannes Robin from the eager and rather egotistical person whom Lanny Budd had happened to meet on a railroad train in Europe nearly a quarter of a century ago.
In America it was supposed to be “sporting” to take divorce lightly and remain friends; and Irma, as an American, would take that right. Nobody, save perhaps the rector of Wickthorpe parish, would be shocked to meet her ladyship’s first husband at dinner in her home; and Fanny Barnes would take the rector off, explain matters to him, and require him to show a true Christian spirit. For heaven’s sake, let him get away with it, and don’t say a word, don’t even frown, but make him feel that he is the most appreciated of personalities!
One hour every morning she sat for him; not being a chatty person, she sat for the most part in silence, considering whether the armor room of the castle should be left in its present gloomy condition, or should be done over in batik or something else cheerful. Irma was only twenty-seven, but had lived a great deal, so she considered; she had come close to those satanic forces, and been shocked to the depths of her otherwise placid being; she hated them, and knew that she was going to devote her influence, social and political as well as financial, to combat them.