For his 50e novel, the talented and prolific Louise Tremblay d’Essiambre chose to tell the story of Évangéline’s youth, the grandmother of the successful series Memories of a neighborhood. Fans of this series, which has sold more than half a million copies in Quebec, will finally be able to discover in Evangeline’s memories which forged his surly character and his striking personality.
Evangeline, the gruff grandmother of the series, was not always so bad temper. She too experienced the happiness of being a young bride in love with her beautiful Alphonse, at the turn of the 1920s. She experienced the move from the countryside to the big city, her head full of dreams, and gave birth to her first child, Adrien.
Louise Tremblay d’Essiambre, with all the talent of a storyteller we know, shows how, over the years, losses, tragedies, betrayals and dramas ended up making Evangeline bitter and gruff.
She talks about her heroine with ease – and for good reason, because she really knows her as if she had knitted it. “Evangeline, in Memories of a neighborhood, she’s a damn old woman. She is not fine. She growls at everyone. But she wasn’t always like that. She was once a nice young woman. Life hasn’t spoiled her, and that’s what I said: what made this woman, when you meet her, she’s around 60 years old and she’s a bitter woman. “
A gift for its readers
It’s his 50e novel. “It’s like a gift for my readers, many of whom are still asking me to follow up Memories of a neighborhood. The series is over, but I can tell the story of Evangeline’s youth, so that we can get to know her husband. In the series, we never see him: she is a widow! “
Louise found the story very easy to write. “I know his past. I know what she went through. So I didn’t have the blank page syndrome! I had a blast making this book – it was pure happiness for me to write it. ”
Evangeline and Blanche, the mother of the three Deblois sisters, were the characters who have marked her career the most, she believes, as well as Félicité, a character about whom she is told a lot.
“Évangéline made a lasting impression. People talk about it regularly, even today, and it’s still 10-12 years since the series ended. I still have echoes of it today. ”
“I liked that we saw her young and pretty. She has always been delicate, very small. But when she became a widow, she began to eat. It was the only pleasure he had left in life. “
A new universe
The writer is already immersed in a new universe for her next series, with new characters. “I don’t know why, but I got it into my head that we were going to follow the main character, who is a ten year old child. I have never done that ! But now I do it. “
By the day of the interview she had already written 70,000 words and was nearing the end of her manuscript, so felt comfortable with her characters.
“At first, I always find it difficult: I have the impression that I am swimming in molasses and that I cannot see anything! I have always found it painful … but you have to believe that I like it, because I cannot imagine that I am retired and that I am quitting! We forget that: there will be no retirement for me. ”
Louise Tremblay d’Essiambre is a writer, painter and mother of nine children.
She has published 50 novels which have sold two million copies.
Series Memories of a neighborhood alone has sold half a million copies in Quebec.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116