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Hunting for the Mississippi

Camille Bouchard | Translated by Peter McCambridge | Baraka Books | May 1, 2016

The year is 1684. Twelve-year-old Eustache Bréman leaves behind a life of misery begging on the streets of France for a second chance in the New World with with his mom, his sweetheart Marie-Élisabeth, and Marie-Élisabeth’s family. But life is tough, with plenty more tragedy and disappointment to come on Cavelier De La Salle’s ill-fated expedition to the Mississippi.

Squabbling leaders, bloodthirsty freebooters, a hostile Karankawa nation and the wild Gulf Coast bayous make for heartbreaking adventure—and occasional proof that “all sorrows end up diluted in the concerns of everyday life.”

Camille Bouchard transports readers, young and old, across continents and epochs. He never stops writing and travelling. Governor General’s award winner and a five-time finalist, he is the author of more than 80 novels for readers of all ages. Hunting for the Mississippi is Bouchard’s first book to appear in English.

Peter McCambridge is an award-winning literary translator. He founded and heads the Québec Reads webzine and now runs QC Fiction, a publishing imprint of contemporary Québec literature in translation.


“Complex, intricately drawn characters and Bouchard’s matter-of-fact prose (adeptly translated by Peter McCambridge) dominate the book.” --Quill & Quire


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