A Suit of Light
Written by Anne Hébert
Publication Date September 01, 2000
This magnificent and final novel from Anne Hebert completes an internationally acclaimed literary oeuvre that is fearless in its explorations of the dark and violent side of human passion.
Rose-Alba Almevida, her husband Pedro, and her son Miguel live by modest means in a Paris apartment, but each, in their way, dreams of returning home to Spain to reclaim the honour and identity stripped of them by the immigrant struggle. Yet where Pedro plans and saves for a vineyard plot to which he can retire, Rose-Alba and Miguel have vastly different dreams. For them Spain is an emotional state, where impulse and instinct prevail, where passions are untempered by foreign, unfamiliar values. When a mysterious stranger enters their lives and offers all that Rose-Alba and Miguel seek, the Almevida family is torn violently apart and their innocent dreams become the barbed weapons of their own destruction.
Anne Hébert was born on August 1, 1916 in Sainte-Catherine-de-Fossambault, a small village 40 kilometres from Quebec City. When she died in January 2000, she was one of Canada's most highly acclaimed and successful literary stars.