Denise Bombardier

Denise Bombardier, journalist and writer, was born in Montréal (Québec). She holds master’s degree in political science from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate in sociology from the Sorbonne (Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris 2).

An iconic figure in Canadian television, she is known all over the French-speaking world and is a passionate defender of “Francophonie”. A novelist and polemicist accustomed to controversy, she has written many articles for Le Monde, L’Express and Le Point.

In 2008, she combined writing with music and accompanied singer Celine Dion on her world tour. She wrote her essay L’Enigmatique Céline Dion about this
this experience. She has written more than 17 novels and essays, including Une enfance à l’eau bénite and Lettre ouverte aux Français qui se croient le nombril du monde.

The novel

The Woman who loved Islands

Denise Bombardier Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

Marie-Louise had met all the men in her life on islands. The on exception was Louis, the first of them, whom she had married in lightning-quick fashion. Their paths had crossed on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or to be to be more exact in Hyannis Port where both had come just to catch a glimpse of the Kennedy Compound. After initially getting to know each other over a drink and some lobster rolls that they downed as ravenously as they desired each other, they had boarded the ferry for Nantucket, the mythical island of Melville’s Moby Dick. And in a bedroom decorated in floral fabric, they consummated their relationship. Marie-Louise was twenty-two and had long imagined herself married. At that time, she felt that the only thing that justify moving out of the parental home was to get married. In her eyes, freedom meant being married and that was all the present could possibly offer. As for the future, that was…

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