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Adieu, ma patrie deals with the deportation of the Acadians in 1755. Angélique uses her diary to express feelings she cannot share with family and others close to her. But after her brother Victor leaves home and sides with the British -- the enemies of the Acadians -- she begins recording events every day.
The Acadians are soon driven from their land, which has been turned over to British settlers. Angélique describes cruel and heart-rending moments of the deportation: the separation of family members on overcrowded boats, famine, epidemics and death.
Once dispersed, the Acadians have to start their lives over in unfamiliar lands. But at the end of the story, we learn that, proud of their homeland, the Acadians hold high hopes of returning there one day.
Historical visual documents, photographs of sites and maps showing the itineraries of Acadian deportees lend this historical novel a documentary aspect.