Cassie Deveaux Cohoon was born in the Acadian village of Chéticamp on the northern side of Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. Her Acadian heritage goes back to the early days of Grand Pré on her father’s side and Beaubassin (now Amherst), on her mother’s. As many of her generation, she grew up with the idea that she would be ‘leaving home’ to make a life elsewhere. She has lived in New York City and Paris, France, and now makes her home in Montreal. She has worked as a freelance journalist and has written family histories.
They say it was the women of Acadia who kept the dream of their homeland alive and preserved its culture. The author explores the lives of several generations of these women whose stories do not appear in the chronicles of history, and also what being Acadian means for a modern woman who feels alienated from her Acadian roots and questions her identity.