This new English translation of Dominique takes the reader back to provincial France in the mid-19th century. While out hunting one day in the village of Villeneuve, the unnamed narrator makes the acquaintance of Dominique de Bray, a well-respected man in his community. The two men forge a friendship and Dominique welcomes his new friend into his happy household. After tragedy strikes one of Dominique’s closest friends, Olivier d’Orsel, Dominique spends a rainy afternoon telling his new friend the melancholy story of his tormented life and his impossible love for Madeleine, Olivier’s cousin. Published in 1863, Dominique was the only novel that Eugène Fromentin, best known for his work as a painter depicting life in French Algeria, ever wrote. In this “simple and none too romantic story,” Fromentin retraces the life of a man who is loved by all as a respected citizen in his village and as a devoted father, but who cannot help but relive his tortured past.