Stéphanie Tétreault, author

The Apothecary’s Charge: a first novel for Stephanie Tetreaul

Text that appears on the back cover

Poitou France, 1684. Merance Duvernay, 16 years old, has a healing talent using plants. To dissuade her from becoming healer, her father, protestant pastor, promises her to a young affected physician. Taken in by a master apothecary, Merance will become apprentice in his office. But, at her mentor’s death , her dream of becoming at her turn apothecary  gives way.  

Taking place at the Nante’s Decree revocation’s epoch then the Great Century, that intrigue mixes up with great care corporations’ themes and witchcraft. An exceptional novel that takes us down into the fascinating universe of wealthy apothecary shops at the heart of a kingdom becoming hostile to Protestantism. 

Short biography of the author and explanations from the place of intrigu

Stephanie is native from the Mauricie region, but lives in Saguenay since 2003. With a bachelor’s degree in French Wording, she is linguistic reviser by profession. Thanks to the Association’s Josee Tetreault’s collaboration, she chose to situate her story’s intrigue in Louis Tetreau’ s original region, being the country of Gatine, and the Bressuirish Grove, in the actual Deux-Sevres Department. The story takes place first in Moncoutant, then in Parthenay, both situated close to Tessonniere and Poithiers. She even took advantage of the occasion to give a small wink to her Tetreau  ancestors.  

That story takes place from 1684 to 1687, so about twenty years after Louis Tetreau’s departure for New France. It permits the reader to better know that country’s region and the religious tensions that prevailed at the Nante’s Decree revocation, that forced all French protestants to convert themselves or take exile. 

Distributed throughout Quebec, the novel is also published in France and is available in the catalog of Quebec Loisirs.

Les Éditions JCL

Text from the bulletin Les Tétreau disent... Vol 17, no 2 (octobre 2015)

What's being said on the web and in the media (french)

La Fabrique culturelle nous présente une très belle capsule avec la lauréate du prix littéraire Découverte. Pour la visionner, cliquer ICI.

Le Quotidien, 2 octobre 2015 : compte-rendu de la cérémonie d'ouverture du Salon du livre du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, où Stéphanie Tétreault a remporté le prix Découverte. Pour lire l'article, cliquer ICI.

Le webjournal La Pige du 30 septembre 2015 dresse un portrait de l'auteure en tant que finaliste pour le prix Découverte. Pour lire l'article, cliquer ICI.

Gracieuseté de TVDL à La Baie, une entrevue vidéo avec Stéphanie Tétreault, auteure de La Protégée de l'apothicaire, diffusée le 17 juin 2015. Pour visionner l'entrevue, cliquer ICI.

Journal Le Point du 15 juin 2015: sous la plume de Jean-Luc Doumont, Stéphanie Tétreault devient La Protégée de l'apothicaire. Pour lire l'article, cliquer ICI.

Site internet Culture Hebdo: La Protégée de l'apothicaire fait l'objet d'un bref compte-rendu. Pour le lire, cliquerICI.