Author: Bernadette Griffin
Synopsis: With her Irish story-telling lilt, the author spins fact and fiction into narrative, her early years in Quebec City serving as inspiration. We meet Johnny and Marie-Ange, their marriage reflecting the French-English component of the city. We meet Johnny’s sister, the flamboyant Francie, who makes salads at the Chateau Frontenac for Premier Duplessis. We meet the string of neighbors who move in and out of the first-floor apartment on Rue Saint-Joachim. We know there will be trouble with the tavern next to the church, and with the sharp-tongued neighbors who keep their eyes on everyone’s private lives.
The inspiration for the title, Scenes of Childhood, comes from Robert Schumann’s suite of short piano pieces, Scenes from Childhood. The author – musician, singer and conductor – with her husband founded the Donovan Chorale, and later the Chanteurs d’Orphee de Montreal. They live in Montreal and summer on the Kingston Peninsula, New Brunswick.
Published in: 2007
No. of Pages: 81