The Secret of the Blue Trunk - Dundurn

The Secret of the Blue Trunk

Published February 2013


2014 Forest of Reading, White Pine Award — Winner, Nonfiction

The true story of how a young Québécois nun ended up a prisoner of war in Buchenwald and how her daughter discovered her secrets.

In this true story, Armande Martel, a young nun from Quebec, is arrested by the Germans in 1940 during a stay at her religious order’s mother house in Brittany. She spends the war years in a German concentration camp. After her return to Canada, she leaves the Church, finds the love of her life in Montreal, and adopts Lise Dion.

Growing up, Lise is familiar with only a few facts of her mother’s past. It’s when she clears her mother’s small apartment after her death that Lise Dion discovers the key to the blue trunk, which was always locked. This key unlocks the mystery of Armande’s early life, and Lise decides to write The Secret of the Blue Trunk.



Lise Dion

Lise Dion is one of Quebec's best-loved humorists. Over the years she has written countless scripts and appeared many times on television as a dramatic actress. The Secret of the Blue Trunk, a bestseller in Quebec, was her first book, and will be made into a movie.

Liedewij Hawke

Liedewy Hawke has won both the Canada Council Translation Prize and the John Glassco Translation Prize, and has been nominated four times for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation (French to English). She lives in Toronto.

Book Details

February 2013
5.5x8.5 in
168 pp
February 2013
168 pp
February 2013
168 pp