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The Four Roads Hotel

The Four Roads Hotel

By France Théoret Luise Flotow

This history of oppression and its effects, at the heart of a French-Canadian family in the 1950s and 1960s, depicts a combination of prohibitions and censures. While the father demands the children's slavish obedience and labour, the mother promises some protection from his tyranny--until the family settles into a flea pit hotel at the cross-roads of a practically deserted village. Surrounded by an impenetrable forest, the hotel hosts regulars that resemble characters from Hugo and Gorki, and family life declines. In hopes of escape, the younger daughter marries while the elder, against her parents' wishes, immerses herself in studies and asks questions whose answers are disturbing.


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For 30 years, France Théoret’s writing has tried to piece together the fragments of a shattered mirror depicting the self … [This] is a moving and overwhelming book, written with sobriety and subtlety.

Suzanne Giguère, Le Devoir

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About the author

Recognized as one of the important Quebec feminist writers and the recent winner of the prestigious Prix Athanase-David for the body of her work, France Théoret was born in Montreal. She holds a doctorate in French from the University of Sherbrooke. After having taught for 19 years at the Cegep level, she now concentrates full-time on her writing. She is the author of nine books, including the translated Guernica titles The Tangible Word and Girls Closed In.

Luise von Flotow is a translation studies professor at the University of Ottawa. She has translated a number of books for Guernica, including Doubly Suspect, Girls Closed In, and The Stalinist's Wife She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.