Sensitive and enlightening, Cibou is set in 17th-century Mi’kma’ki, territory of the Mi’Kmaq of Maritime Canada. The story is that of a young Mi’kmaw woman and her relationship with Jesuit missionary Anthony Daniel – a historical figure who was stationed in Cape Breton – and his brother, Captain Charles Daniel who had established a French fishing and trading post there. The priest Daniel was later posted to Huronia where he met a violent end and martyrdom as Saint Anthony Daniel.
Susan Young de Biagi has woven a marvelously intuitive tale – at once beautiful and harsh – observing the simple and dangerous lives of cultures interacting on the threshold of new world history. Cibou was published in 2008 by Cape Breton University Press and received a Dartmouth Book Award nomination for Fiction in 2009. For sale in book stores and online.