Canada: QUEBEC: Happy Accident

When Gabrielle Roy's novel Bonheur d'Occasion (Accidental Happiness) was published two years ago, Canadian critics called it the best book yet written about French Canadian working-class life. In less than a year it sold some 8,000 copies. That achievement made it a Canadian bestseller.

Miss Roy, a comely Manitoba-born French Canadian who had also tried her hand at schoolmarming and amateur acting, was well-pleased with her success—and her $3,000 in royalties. But she went right on working in her home at rustic little Rawdon (pop. 2,000) in Quebec's Laurentian mountains. Then a happy...

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