A Look Back Book Group, July 26

Join us in celebrating Franco American Heritage month with a discussion of the novel, “Papa Martel”, by Gerard Robichaud, a ten-story chronicle of the fictional Franco-American Martel family in the fictional town of Groveton, Maine, modeled after Lewiston. A touching, funny, and intimate portrayal of family life in the early twentieth century.

From a review written by Joe Carr: “Papa Martel, which was originally published by Doubleday in 1961, is the loosely autobiographical story of a Franco-American family, led by Louis Martel. The story is related through the coming of age of his nine children, from 1919 to 1937, with flashbacks to the youthful premarital years of Louis and his future wife Cecile…Papa Martel, a contract carpenter who travels throughout Maine for work, fills his children with stories of Acadie, their ancestral homeland, in a sense binding his family to the much larger ‘family’ of French in North America.”

We will have some snacks available, feel free to bring your favorite Franco food to share.

Date:Friday Jul 26, 2019

Time:12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Location:Local History Room