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Author: David Plante
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"David Plante was born and brought up in a French-speaking Catholic parish in Providence, Rhode Island, that was like an isolated fortress in Yankee New England. The nuns of the parish school wore long black veils and taught the children that they lived in le petit Canada, where they preserved the beliefs of le grand Canada, a country of suffering eased by miracles. This invisible country - with its history of
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Plante, David.
American ghosts.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)645844233
Named Person: David Plante
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Plante
ISBN: 0807072648 9780807072646 0807072656 9780807072653
OCLC Number: 55131479
Description: 288 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: David Plante.
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"David Plante was born and brought up in a French-speaking Catholic parish in Providence, Rhode Island, that was like an isolated fortress in Yankee New England. The nuns of the parish school wore long black veils and taught the children that they lived in le petit Canada, where they preserved the beliefs of le grand Canada, a country of suffering eased by miracles. This invisible country - with its history of long-lost French North America, of Jesuit missionaries devoted to converting the Indians, of the hard lives of fur traders and woodsmen and the Indian squaws who became their wives - was made more present to him than the visible country he lived in.

His part-Blackfoot father was stoic and silent; his mother, lively and garrulous but trapped; and at the center of their difficult lives was a deep, dark God." "The ghosts of the parish haunted David Plante long after he left home, lost his belief in any god, and found the center of his life both in love and in writing. However free of his past he became in his maturity, his constant fear remained that the God he was raised with would appear to him and possess him. Finally, Plante came to terms with this possessive God by coming to terms with his ancestry in a stunning spiritual and physical journey that brought him back to Providence, to Canada, to France, and finally to a new understanding of God."--Jacket.

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