It is 1895. Emilie Bordeleau -- a pretty and spirited sixteen-year-old -- is travelling by one-horse carriage from her home in Saint Stanislas through the beautiful Quebec countryside to the village of Saint Tite, where she will teach school for the very first time.
Little does she know what dramatic challenges lie ahead. Scarcely older than some of her students, she must control and inspire an unruly group of students and at times, stand up to their parents. And then she must choose between two lovers -- an older man who is cautious and stable, educated and refined, and a young man who is impetuous, passionate and artistic.
Her choice leads to a life of joys and hardships as the mother of a large family, a life lived first in Saint Tite and then in the rough lumber town of Shawinigan. Emilie learns the hard way that she must rely on her own strength to raise her family. But nothing, it seems, can quench the passion she feels for her husband, a man who flits in and out of her life as he works in the lumber camps and descends into extended bouts of drinking.
Original title: Les filles de Caleb
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life