A Secret Between Us

A Secret Between Us

Book - 2007
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When young Lusignan sets off from Ottawa to the First World War with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, he has already survived a tragicomic Catholic childhood and a writing career that has brought him both acclaim and disgrace. Shortly before the men depart for Europe, Lusignan has an encounter with a fellow officer, the aristocratic Essiambre d'Argenteuil, that proves to be the defining moment of his life.

Returning from Europe a hollow man, Lusignan keeps the memory alive by shadowing Amalia Driscoll, a woman whose strait-laced proprieties were challenged by this same d'Argenteuil. He encounters Concorde, the untutored young maid struggling to get by in the Flats district of Ottawa, and the Capuchin monk Father Mathrun, who longs for martyrdom in a foreign land. Providing the backdrop to Poliquin 's incisive character study is a vivid evocation of a pivotal era in Canadian history.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2007.
ISBN: 9781553652724
Additional Contributors: Winkler, Donald


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Dec 21, 2008

The arrogant, unreliable narrator is a bit off-putting initially, but I found the whole cast of colourful, quirky characters - especially the charming and literally self-effacing Concorde - really drew me in as the story unfolded. The book is a fascinating examination of fidelity and love and how it can turn into obsession, but also how love can just grow and endure.

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