In the Village of Viger

In the Village of Viger

By Duncan Campbell Scott; Tracy Ware (Afterword by)

New Canadian Library, Paperback, 9780771018930, 131pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2008

The ten stories in In the Village of Viger portray the life of a rural village as it faces the darkness of its own future. An established milliner, Madame Laroque, is upset by the advent of a younger, more popular rival. An innkeeper's obsession with the Franco-Prussian War drives his descent into madness. A gardener longs to return to the village in France where his mother was born. At once comical, farcical, and tragic, this superb collection, first published in 1896, anticipates later collections of linked short stories including Alice Munro's Who Do You Think You Are?" "and Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House.

About the Author
Duncan Campbell Scott (1862 1947) was a Canadian writer of poetry and prose as well as an accomplished pianist. Born and raised in Ottawa, he published numerous works that include The Circle of Affection, New World Lyrics and Ballads, and The Green Cloister. In 1927 he was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for his contributions to Canadian literature.