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Marie-Anne

The Extraordinary Life of Louis Riel's Grandmother

by Maggie Siggins

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list price: $21.00
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
category: History
published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9780771080302
imprint: Emblem Editions
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Compulsively readable, this first social history of the opening up of the Canadian West is a triumph of historical detective work and gives us Siggins at the top of her game.

While researching the biography of Louis Riel, Maggie Siggins became aware of a figure lurking in the background who had had a profound influence on the great Canadian reformer. This was his grand-mother Marie-Anne Lagimodière, née Gaboury. As Siggins’ research progressed, she came to regard Marie-Anne as the most exceptional Canadian woman of the nineteenth century. The perils of Laura Secord and Susanna Moodie paled in comparison, yet she remains largely unknown.

Beautiful and rebellious, Marie-Anne was still unmarried at twenty-five — unheard of in 1800s Quebec habitant society. Furthermore, once she did marry Jean-Baptiste Lagimodière, she insisted on accompanying her fur trapper husband to the uncharted wilderness of western Canada. The year was 1807, and no European woman had yet ventured west of the Great Lakes region. For the next thirty years, she would live among the native people or at fur-trading forts from Pembina to Edmonton House, leading an undoubtedly difficult life but one with freedoms unknown to women in western societies of her time.

Drawing from primary sources, Siggins paints a vivid portrait of life in the West, from survival on the plains and bison hunts to the tribal warfare triggered by the fur-trade economy. Through it all, Marie-Anne survived and thrived, living to ninety-six, the matriarch of a large and diverse family whose descendants still live in Manitoba.

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About the Author

Maggie Siggins is the author of Revenge of the Land, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 1992. She is also the author of A Canadian Tragedy: The Colin Thatcher Story, which became a highly-rated television mini-series, Love and Hate, in Canada and around the world. A native of Toronto, Maggie Siggins now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Contributor Notes

Maggie Siggins is the author of ten books, including Riel, a bestselling biography of Louis Riel; Bitter Embrace; and Revenge of the Land, winner of the Governor General’s Award. She is also a highly respected filmmaker. She has just returned to Toronto after living in Saskatchewan for more than twenty years.

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Awards
  • , British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
Editorial Review

“Siggins has a keen eye for high drama and infuses her narrative with very juicy (very un-Canadian) smatterings of sex, stench and gore.”
Globe and Mail

“An accessible and thoroughly researched story of a woman of great courage.”
National Post
“What a yarn.”
Toronto Star
“A must-read for every Manitoban. It is a part of our history; an intimate look at the Métis leader who helped shape our province.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Compelling.”
— Montreal Gazette

“[An] amazing story.”
Vue Weekly
“This book shows Marie-Anne Lagimodière to be one of the most enigmatic figures of Quebec, and Canada, in the 1800s.”
Ottawa Citizen
“A page-turner of a biography with the grand sweep of the west.”
Sun Times

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