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Adele's Garden

by (author) Linda Amyot

translated by Norman Cornett

Coteau Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Girls & Women
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 9
  • Reading age: 13 to 15


The Governor General Award Winner for French-language Children's Literature. Translated from the French by Norman Cornett.

A teenage girl befriends an elderly woman in this beautifully written tale of two women from different generations searching for love and truth.

Wistful and profoundly intimate, Adele's Garden follows the friendship between a young woman, Elaine, and Adele, who is old enough to be Elaine's grandmother. Adele lives in an elegant old house with a beautiful garden. After a chance encounter when Adele's red hat blows in the wind and lands at Elaine's feet, the two women form an immediate affinity for one another.

During a series of regular visits, Elaine tells Adele about her family, friends and particularly about the boy at school on whom she has a crush. Elaine's confusion about the appearance of love in her life sparks Adele to reflect on the one great love of her life, bringing Adele and Elaine closer in ways neither expected. Their lives entwine, one discovering love for the first time, the other reflecting on the one true love of her life.

Bridging the gap between generations, Linda Amyot's Adele's Garden is sublime - a poetic, resonating look at the strength of women and the power of love.

About the authors

Linda Amyot is an award-winning Canadian writer living in the Lanaudière region of Quebec. The original French version of Adele’s Garden, Le jardin d’Amsterdam was awarded the Governor General’s Award for French-language children’s literature in 2014. Amyot received the Prix à la creation artistique awarded by the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec in 2011. She works as an editor and as a writer of television documentaries and of audiovisual presentations for businesses.

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Educator, religious studies scholar, art critic, and translator, Professor Norman Cornett, Ph.D, teaches at universities throughout North America and Europe. Prof. Cornett's translations appear in leading literary journals, such as Canadian Literature, Windsor Review, Rampike, Literary Review of Canada, FreeFall and ARC. He's the principal translator of Na?m Kattan's novel, Farida. Cornett's 'dialogic' approach to learning constitutes the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary directed by Alanis Obomsawin.

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