Originally translated by W.H. Blake.

Introduction and notes by Michael Gnarowski.

” Maria Chapdelaine, the quintessential novel of the rugged life of early French-Canadian colonists, is based on the author’s experiences as a hired hand in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean area. A young woman living with her family on the Quebec frontier, Maria endures the hardships of isolation and climate. Maria must eventually choose between three suitors who represent very different ways of life : a free-spirited trapper, a stay-at-home farmer, and a French-Canadian young man who has gone to work in a mill in Massachusetts. “