Grandfather's House  


Grandfather's House
Nimbus Publishing (CN) | October 10, 2019 | 272 pages
ISBN: 9781771087100

Grandfather's House is Clive Doucet's follow-up to My Grandfather's Cape Breton, published in 1980 and continuously in print. Now a grandfather himself, Doucet muses about this role. While he believed as a child that to be a grandfather was to own a farm by the sea, he now realizes that his job as a grandfather is to tell stories. In doing so, he traces the history of the Doucets back to Acadie, then to the early years of the Cape Breton village of Grand √Čtang and to modern-day Ottawa. Doucet's musings are interspersed with poetry, short stories, and with summer adventures with his grandchildren in Grand √Čtang. He paints a loving portrait of his grandfather's village and the people, past and present, who make it a vibrant community. The themes of resilience and rejuvenation permeate the memoir, which is both rooted in nostalgia and filled with hope for a more sustainable future.