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"The Acadian story deserves to be told far and wide — let this exquisite book draw you into an astonishing tale of imperial abuse and collective courage."

— Lyse Doucet

 

"The most powerful, compelling, important book I’ve read for a while."

— James Mullinger

"Tyler LeBlanc takes readers on a quest to uncover his family’s forgotten history, a journey into the horrors of the eighteenth-century deportations that scattered his Acadian ancestors and almost destroyed their culture. Deeply researched and honestly told, Acadian Driftwood is a gritty, gripping account of a dark chapter in Canada’s history and an uplifting tale of discovery — discovery of heritage, of family, and, ultimately, of identity."

— Dean Jobb

"With great care and an eye for well-researched details, Tyler LeBlanc tells a story of trauma by making room for personal and historical insights into the lives of the Acadians who survived the Expulsion. A tapestry of 250-year-old threads, Acadian Driftwood is stronger and more resilient than one would ever expect, let alone woven in such a careful and vibrant manner."

— Simon Thibault

"The Acadian Expulsion may be an unlikely choice for a summer read, but Tyler LeBlanc’s Acadian Driftwood was so engaging I blew through it like it was a summer blockbuster."

— Grid City Magazine

"Acadian Driftwood wraps readers in the severity of Acadian suffering and the strength of the Acadian soul."

— The East Mag

"Thanks to LeBlanc’s beautifully written book, brought alive in riveting detail, more of us will understand how the British tried to erase a people — the Acadians — from the landscape of the Atlantic region, and the horror these individuals experienced as their homesteads were destroyed and their families torn apart."

— Atlantic Books Today

"Can you imagine all of Owen Sound being told, ‘Nope, you can’t live here anymore. Get out!’ That is what happened to the Acadian people in 1755. Because they spoke French, they had to go...This is a complete history of that tragic removal written in a personal style with each chapter focusing on one member of the family."

— Owen Sound Sun Times

"Whether you already have a firm grasp on the history of the Acadian people, or know absolutely nothing about them, this book will inform and inspire you."

— Amie’s Book Reviews