Roy MacSkimming has been a book publisher in Toronto and literary columnist and books editor for the Toronto Star. He has held positions with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Association of Canadian Publishers. A native of Ottawa, he lives in the country near Perth, Ontario.
Laurier in Love
From the author of Macdonald, comes a new novel about an extraordinary love triangle set at the apex of Canadaâ€™s national life at the dawn of the twentieth century.
A deeply absorbing novel of passion and politics, Laurier in Love reveals a side of Sir Wilfrid Laurier as Canadians have never known him: romantic and idealistic, inspiring and seductive, yet conflicted and compromised, as he balances his time between his wife and his mistress.
Elegant, silver-tongued Sir Wilfrid Laurier is just beginning his fabled career as one of the nationâ€™s greatest leaders. Some Canadians revile him simply because he is French-Canadian and Roman Catholic, the first Prime Minister from Quebec.
Keenly aware of the difficulties lying ahead, Laurier tells his devoted wife, ZoĂ« Laurier, how much he needs her. At the same time, he assures his ambitious, literary lover, Ă‰milie Lavergne, that she too is indispensable to him.
Through the eyes of these two fascinating women, we see Laurier the orator, charming Americans in Chicago; Laurier the statesman, starring at Queen Victoriaâ€™s diamond jubilee celebrations in London; Laurier the conciliator, walking the perilous line between demands of English and French as Canada fights her first foreign war in distant South Africa. The cast of characters includes the aging monarch, the doomed President McKinley, a young Winston Churchill, an even younger Mackenzie King.
Both epic and intimate in scale, Laurier in Love gives readers the authentic sense of the man, the era, the politics and the complex personal life Laurier led behind the scenes.
Roy MacSkimming has spiced up our schooldays impression of Wilfrid Laurier. The great conciliator and modern Liberal party creator is at the centre of a hot romantic triangle involving his wife and longtime mistress in Laurier in Love.
...a most pleasant excursion into the mores, deceptions and politics of Canada's upper-class Victorians...MacSkimming's prose places Laurier into some of the most erotically charged situations, albeit decidedly Victorian ones, ever before penned for a prime minister.
So much for the official history. MacSkimming has another, racier tale to tell...