The author’s ancestors come to the stony Megantic region of Quebec to establish a life of farming. The author remembers the ancestral home/farmhouse as having a stream running through the rocks under the house. So the title is twofold, as the story is the story of the author’s early life as her memories unfold.
She feels rooted to the land and to the people around her. Her descriptions take us there to share her rememberances. The farm, the stand of sugar maples, her grandparents are all shown with love and longing.
There is also an unknown. Her grandfather died in mysterious circumstances and no one will talk about it. In this way, the memoir becomes a story with a plot and the quest to solve the mystery.
“Irish immigrant life in rural Quebec, a colourful family, the farm, and the mysterious death of the author’s grandfather. Healing the family tree by accepting its scars.” PRAIRIE MESSENGER.
“An enchanting and evocative memoir.” CALGARY HERALD.
“Intensely personal.” THE GAZETTE.
“A vivid glimpse into the world we have lost.” – Foreword, Jack Little
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