Books: Canadian Pastoral

THE OUTLANDER (290 pp.)—Germaine Guevremont—Whittlesey House ($3).

Everyone was curious about the Stranger but no one ever found out who he was. He had stopped at the Beauchemin's farmhouse one autumn evening to ask for food. When he was invited in to dinner, he stayed on for a year. The Stranger was a great yarner and a great toper but he was also a tremendous worker and he more than earned his keep. Before he left Monk's Inlet, a tiny farm hamlet on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, he had left his mark...