French Class (1999), by Susan April, Paul Brouillette, Marie Louise St. Onge
This book is an important contribution to the literature of New England. In their poems, essays, and journal excerpts, the authors give voice to the experience of growing up and living as Americans of French-Canadian descent in the second half of the 20th century. The main setting is Lowell, Mass., in the Merrimack Valley. Writing about spirituality, family, work, language and food, the authors show how we can move beyond memory and make our past a meaningful part of an evolving life. Michael Kenney of The Boston Globe wrote: "The authors represent a vibrant ethnic thread not often examined in contemporary American writing." In the York County Extra of Maine, reviewer Juliana L'Heureux called the book "A classy tribute to the French. Using absolutely wonderful metaphors and French homespun phrases, the stories thread together like a cultural Rosary."