Haunted Childhoods


Children travel across generations and across time: yesterday to the present. Childhoods determine the fantasms of existence. Wounds slow to heal: abandonment, adoption, feelings of rejection and uselessness, of blame, of uncontrolled initiation to sexuality, extreme loneliness when one retreats from society, obsessive searching for the absolute, desire to rebuild the world again by giving birth, confrontation of death.

All these themes appear in the violent yet tender stories in this collection, rather like tunnelling through to a rebirth.

About the Authors

Pauline Michel

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Pauline Michel

Pauline Michel expresses herself in several genres: poetry, fiction, plays, and song, including songs and stories for children. Her diverse cultural activities have taken her to other Canadian provinces, France, and several African countries. Pauline was Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate from 2004-2006.