American Ghosts: A Memoir by David Plante

By David Plante

Celebrated novelist David Plante grew up in an remoted, French-speaking group in windfall, Rhode Island, the place nuns preserved the ideals of le grand Canada amidst the profound presence in their deep, darkish God. stuck among his silent, part-Blackfoot father and his vivacious yet trapped mom, Plante flees this small international, wasting his trust in any god and discovering the guts of his existence in love and in writing. nonetheless, the ghosts of his previous hang-out Plante and force him to embark on a beautiful religious and actual trip.

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50 David Plante 7        ’                      marrying my father. “Tu verras,” she said, “il est un vrai Canuck. ” My mother, who in marrying my father had married a real Canuck as if she herself, being French, were not, retained the feelings her mother had about the breed. Though she didn’t like Canucks, my mother had to see my father’s family, which, once a year at least, gathered in clan meetings. There were no such clan meetings among my mother and her brothers and sisters, not one of whom was married to a Canuck.

I thought my mother shouldn’t ask the price, which, on the level where we now were, shouldn’t be an issue. The saleslady was doing my mother a disinterested favor by showing her a coat she, the saleslady, knew, with authority, would be my mother’s best coat. ” My mother nodded. The saleslady said, “It doesn’t cost anything to try it on,” and this comment lowered her from the high class I had imagined her at, where money was irrelevant to real taste. Then I thought she said this to put my mother at ease.

My father, who even at obligatory Mass seemed outwardly not to participate but, saying his rosary, to be alone, was inwardly deeply religious. He believed in ghosts. 6   ,      ,  I remained frightened of their appearing to me even as I grew into adolescence, and I remained particularly frightened of the ghost of a large, dark woman, a Mother, appearing to me. This my own mother could never have understood, and I would never have tried to get my father to express his understanding, for I knew he would no more talk about his beliefs than he would of his ancestry, maybe because ashamed of such beliefs, or maybe for some other reason.

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