Today I am announcing something very different.
My four previous published novels were John Smyth murder mysteries.
My newest novel is not.
1995: Je me souviens, published last month, is a political novel. It is based on a simple question: What would have happened if the Yes side had won the 1995 referendum, separating Quebec from the rest of Canada?
1995: Je me souviens provides one possible answer to this question. Narrated by Jean Tonnerre to his son Pierre, the book looks back from the year 2015 to the Quebec referendum in 1995. Jean explains to Pierre what conditions and actions made it possible for the Separatists to win that vote and what could have followed as a result. The story focuses on the fate of Jean and eleven other young men deemed “apostles of the new Quebec.” Also described are such events as The Long March to Nowhere, The Time of Random Atrocities, The Unquenchable Fire, and The Advance of the Tanks. The novel explores Canadian socio-political realities and possibilities, but goes beyond them to consider the factors that make it possible for any society to function politically, socially, and economically. In effect, it is a reflection on the human condition.
“Je me souviens,” the motto of Quebec, means “I remember.” Jean Tonnerre says in the opening lines of the book, “You do not remember, Pierre, how it was then. But me, I remember. You cannot remember, but I cannot forget.” Canadians who lived through the 1995 referendum cannot forget the drama of those days. Younger Canadians, like Pierre, who do not remember those days, should be told of their significance.
1995: Je me souviens is distributed by Ingram and is available through bookstores and online retailers such as Amazon. There is an ebook version as well as a print version.