Dans le pli des collines
(In the Fold of the Hills)
Professional misconduct? Adultery? Murder? Dr. Andrew Murray dedicated his life to the tuberculosis patients at the Fort San sanatorium. Yet when he died thirty years ago he took with him a secret that will haunt his grandson Dr. Émile Murray.
Dans le pli des collines is an elegantly written contemporary French-language novel set in the tranquil town of Fort Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan's picturesque Qu'Appelle Valley. It follows the lives of Dr. Émile Murray and his wife Sophie, who unravels the complicated intrigue that seems to be calling to her from the past and that echoes through the hills surrounding Fort San.
Sophie abandoned teaching to study journalism. As she begins to read the diary of the late Emily Murray, her husband's aunt, she discovers a rare kindred spirit in this woman who, after studying in Paris at the end of the 1940s, travelled the world as a reporter. Yet Emily never forgot her Qu'Appelle Valley roots.
Taking on the task of transcribing the diary, Sophie begins to unfold decades of untold memories of the Murray family and Fort San. Through the diary, an unfamiliar portrait of the family begins to appear. With a journalist's zeal, Sophie encounters witnesses to the past who cling to their own versions of what really happened. With the little information she can glean, she uncovers an increasingly intricate tale.
Armed with infinite patience and an unfaltering passion to unveil the truth, Sophie discovers the circumstances surrounding the birth of Émile’s father. Circumstances so laden with consequences that they might be better left buried in the fold of the hills.
Dans le pli des collines weaves a fascinating tapestry, coloured by one family's past that is interwoven with Saskatchewan’s rich history.
Dans le pli des collines, Martine Noël-Maw, Éditions de la nouvelle plume, 2009, 341 pages
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