The Fisherman's Wife

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-11
  • Publisher: Dreamcatcher Pub

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"This touching memoir tellsa true story of a family'ssurvival and how a mother- The Fisherman's Wife,battled with hardship thattrailed a devastating tragedy.The fisherman's son tells hisstory with an innocent, childlikeperspective intertwinedwith spiritual reflection ofa time full of pain, triumph,laughter, and adventure."


"My Father?s FamilyMy father was the oldest child of a family with nine children.They lived on a farm along the border of lower andmiddle Caraquet, New Brunswick, which rests on theshores of Chaleur Bay. They lived in a home with a bigbarn on beautiful farm land surrounded by Acadian landscape.My grandfather?s name was Philicien. He ownedthe farm and a small fishing boat which operated by sailsonly, and it was on this boat that my father first began hisfisherman trade. The boat was approximately 38 feet long,10 feet wide and shaped as a schooner. Later, a gasolineengine was added to make it more efficient.My family name goes back directly to the firstEuropean Frenchmen who had come to Caraquet anddeveloped it. Traditionally, families were a lot larger backthen, so it was normal to grow up with six sisters and twobrothers. It was also common for men like Philicien tomake a living off his farm, his fishing boat, and workingin the woods as a lumberjack; that was the way of life. Mygrandfather and his father before him had to build whatthey owned, from their home, barn, and boat to theirown farming and fishing equipment.. As the oldest boy,my father had to start working at an early age to help hisfather and mother ? there wasn?t much time for play andschool. To live on and take care of a farm required muchwork. Therefore, my father?s childhood was short lived.From the time he could lift and do tasks, school was secondaryand unimportant. To Philicien, the necessity tocomplete all the work that needed to be done was the firstpriority, and someone had to do it. Every season broughtnew tasks. Whether it was time to harvest, fish, or plant,it did not matter, it was time to be pulled out of school."

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