Hunting for the Mississippi

By (author): Camille Bouchard

Translated by: Peter McCambridge

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 his mom, his sweetheart Marie-Élisabeth, and Marie-Élisabeth’s family. But life is tough, with plenty more tragedy and disappointment to come on De La Salle’s ill-fated expedition to the Mississippi. Join Eustache as he comes of age in Louisiana, all in a sparkling English translation that’s every bit as modern and playful as Camille Bouchard’s original French. Squabbling leaders, bloodthirsty freebooters, and a hostile Karankawa nation make for heartbreaking adventure–and occasional proof that “all sorrows end up diluted in the concerns of everyday life.” This action-packed young adult novel weaves real historical events and important themes into the day-to-day concerns of a young boy. It is written simply and well, posing some troubling questions along the way. Will God answer Eustache’s prayers or punish him for his actions? Will young love conquer all? Or will the men’s true nature be revealed and bring about their downfall?


Peter McCambridge

Originally from Ireland, Peter McCambridge holds a BA in modern languages from Cambridge University, England, and has lived in Quebec City since 2003. He runs Québec Reads and QC Fiction. His translations have been World Literature Today Notable Translations, longlisted for Canada Reads, and finalists for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Translation.


Camille Bouchard

Camille Bouchard transports readers, young and old, across continents and epochs. A writer and an adventurer, he never stops writing and travelling. He has won Canada’s Governor General’s award and has been a finalist five times. He is the author of more than 80 novels for readers of all ages. This is the first book by Camille Bouchard to appear in English. Peter McCambridge is a full-time, award-winning literary translator. Originally from Ireland, he holds a BA in modern languages from Cambridge University.


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May 01, 2016


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