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General Information

Name:  Lois Meier  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in St. Anne, Illinois

-- Lois Meier on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Lois attended the University of Illinois and has taught in both St. Anne and Kankakee schools.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lois Meier is the historian for the French-Canadian village of St. Anne, where she was born. After graduating from the University of Illinois, she taught English and Speech in St. Anne and Kankakee high schools. She created a TV program shown on local television. She writes and directs scripts for church and civic celebrations. She put together a 200-page history of St. Anne, entitled The Saga of St. Anne. A history of the First Presbyterian is another publication she edited.

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Titles At Your Library

The Apostate's Woman
ISBN: 1420844377

AuthorHouse. 2005

The Apostate's Woman is a love story taking place in Illinois and Canada in the midst of local, national and international hatred and intrigue in the last half of the 19th century. Euphemie, an attractive 23-year old, falls in love with Evaloe, the husband of her invalid cousin, Marie, for whom she works as a nanny and housekeeper. After Marie's death, Evaloe asks her to wait for him to return from The War Between the States. In the meantime, she becomes the housekeeper for Father Chiniquy, world renown excommunicated priest. The local schoolteacher, Francis, is a would-be suitor. Both he and Evaloe are killed in the war. Chiniquy, twenty-five years her senior, asks her to marry him. They discover a deep love for each other. She bears him one son and two daughters. She changes from a young girl dependent on her parents, fearful of the Roman Catholic clergy and in awe of Father Chiniquy into a capable, strong-minded woman who faces her many responsibilities with cheerful acceptance. During his many absences, she endures gossip and derision labeling her "The Apostate's Woman." The noisy drone of the insects called cicadas runs through the story including the wedding night as well as the final episode when she is sixty-two and he is eighty-seven. He tells her the cicadas are informing the world "Phemie did" instead of "Katie did." When she asks, "Phemie did what?" he replies, "Made one old apostate one angel of a wife!"

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