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Twenty-One Cardinals

Category: Book
Translated By: Mullins, Rhonda
By (author): Saucier, Jocelyne
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Psychological
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Coach House Books
Published: June 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.01in x 5.27in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*From the author and translator of And the Birds Rained Down , a 2015 CBC Canada Reads selection WINNER OF THE 2015 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR FRENCH-TO-ENGLISH TRANSLATION An abandoned mine. A large family driven by honour. And a source of pain, buried deep in the ground. We're nothing like other families. We are self-made. We are an essence unto ourselves, unique and dissonant, the only members of our species. Livers of humdrum lives who flitted around us got their wings burned. We're not mean, but we can bare our teeth. People didn't hang around when a band of Cardinals made its presence known. With twenty-one kids, the Cardinal family is a force of nature. And now, after not being in the same room for decades, they're congregating to celebrate their father, aprospector who discovered the zinc mine their now-deserted hometown in northern Quebec was built around. But as the siblings tell the tales of their feral childhood, we discover that Angèle, the only Cardinal with a penchant for happiness, has gone missing - although everyone has pretended not to notice for years. Why the silence? What secrets does the mine hold? 'Rhonda Mullins' translation of Twenty-One Cardinals expertly embodies the multiple voices inJocelyne Saucier's complex novel. More than inhabiting the world of one writer, Mullins single-handedly performs the roles of an entire cast of characters. As a translator, her virtuosic deftness is in the restrained power of her writing.' -Jury citation for the 2015 GG Literary Award Praise for the French edition of Twenty­-One Cardinals : 'With its explosive, poignant, funny and tragic story andmemorable characters, Les heritiers de la mine is an important novel ... Through the destiny of this large family, the author talks about Abitibi, where she lives, and of its broken dreams and cheated workers, the blind power of multinationals,the disappearance of villages and families decimated. Her protagonists have the makings of heroes, the stuff to withstand adversity; they may be local heroes, but their fight is universal.' - Voir (translated from the French)
Biographical NoteJocelyne Saucier was born in New Brunswick and lives in Abitibi, Québec. Two of her previous novels, La vie comme une image ( House of Sighs ) and Jeanne sur les routes ( Jeanne's Road ) were finalists for the Governor General's Award. Il pleuvait des oiseaux ( And the Birds Rained Down ) garnered her the Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie, making her the first Canadian to win the award. The book was a CBC Canada Reads Selection in 2015. Rhonda Mullins is a writer and translator living in Montréal. And the Birds Rained Down , her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Il pleuvait des oiseaux , was a CBC Canada Reads Selection. It was also shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, as were her translations of Élise Turcotte's Guyana and Hervé Fischer's The Decline of the Hollywood Empire .