The first reviews for Amabilis de Sainte Croix are in!
“Amabilis de Sainte Croix is the Québecois Anne of Green Gables!” Myles Ambrose, Stendhal Review
“I could not have told the story better had I lived it myself. I felt I was there for everything the arsenic poisoning, the births, the deaths, the drama of rural Quebec living. Well told.” Carl Chrastain, Santa Clara Valley Recorder
“Historically impeccable, best first person memoir I’ve read in the last six weeks. Impressive.” Candace Hsuang, Thunder Valley Reader
Here’s the introduction I wrote to her book:
Luck and fecundity
Between 1899 and 1904, five Hébert girls were born to Marie Zelphida Hébert, née Charest. Between 1924 and 1946, these five Hébert girls in turn gave birth to sixty (60) full term babies.
Amarilda, the eldest, had fifteen (15), Ida, the next, born in 1901, sixteen (16). Amabilis, the writer of these memoires had twelve (12), followed by Anne Marie . . . Click here for the full article