Very excited to share my review of Murielle Cyr’s latest book. Murielle has been a friend and an author I admire for many years now but she really surprised me with her latest novel, a move into my favourite genre: Historical fiction.
“The Daughter’s Story” is a powerful story of female oppression in the 20th century.
In French speaking Canada of 1970 a young woman called Lisette is trying to find her biological mother. She’s pregnant by a terrorist and only seeks her mother to take advantage of her, not to find a happily ever after she doesn’t believe in.
Lisette is damaged, but as we get to know her mother’s story and family background – why had she given up the daughter for adoption in the first place – we peel an onion of family secrets and lies, spiced with (to this reader) a much lesser known historical background about the conflicts in Canada at that particular time.
As some of the family background goes way back to 1918 we get glimpses of other parts of Canadian history and how it affected said family.
This is a gripping and deep story about the far-reaching and life-altering consequences of selfish or even seemingly selfless decisions, brought dominantly on women by men. Cyr shows a multitude of female perspectives and engaging characters which culminates in an unexpected coming of age.
Those characters dug their way into my heart fast, I was moved and heartbroken, felt for the damage done and the opportunities lost, but also rejoiced at some of the strength and power the characters showed.
Knowing Cyr as writer in other genres I was amazed at her versatility (shocked to see her use some authentic foul language) and ability to address such harsh issues as if she had done so all of her life. I must say she did the topic great justice.
A voice to remember.
It should be released May 1st, but it’s available for pre-orders which will arrive at the end of March.
#Quebec fiction #Canadian fiction #modern historical fiction #Family saga #womens fiction #adoption #WW1 #WW2 #October Crisis #Amazon #Indigo #Barnes & Noble
Short stories and poetry published in several literary magazines.
The novel sounds interesting. Do you know who did that lovely cover illustration?
Cover illustration by Bruce Roberts – according to the impressum 🙂
Thanks for the datum, Christoph!
Mary Smith said:
This sounds fascinating. Definitely going on the tbr list.
Thanks Mary. I’m sure you’ll enjoy ❤
Great review and I’ve heard great things about it already. 🙂
All the good things are true. Thanks Olga ❤
Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
Sounds very interesting Christoph.. love the cover.
I agree. Great cover. Thanks Sally ❤
I always think we know so little about Canda and its history, so I would be very interested to read this novel.
You should. It’s really good -)
Don Massenzio said:
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Check out this review of “The Daughter’s Story” by Murielle Cyr as featured in this post from Writer Christoph Fischer’s Blog
Thanks Don 🙂
Don Massenzio said:
This sounds different, and being Canadian makes it more interesting. Bookmarking! Thanks my friend. 🙂 xxx
I think you’ll enjoy this very much – on many levels. Hugs ❤
Thank you again. 🙂 xx
Thank you for this review. Sounds fascinating.
Thank you. I’m glad to hear that. 🙂
This books sounds very interesting, Christoph. I do like historical novels.
Thanks Robbie. It really is great !
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Teagan R. Geneviene said:
Hi Christoph. I’m very intrigued by your mindful review. Best to Murielle. Hugs to you both.
Thanks Teagan. Xanadu blasting loudly in my office – thanks. You escaped hours worth of musical torture in that car journey that could have been lol.
Hugs and all the best for settling in. I’m sure you’ll make it your own Xanadu!