While at La Porte Peinte, I worked on a historical nonfiction book project, Wonders in the Deep. This work in progress is based on the story that surrounds the inauguration of a statue in Saint-Malo on October 24, 1897. On the day of the inauguration of a statue of the virgin, a parade of boats followed the statue to its resting place on the Bizeux rocks in the middle of the bay. One of the boats, that of M. Henri Emilie Boucher and family, capsized en route to the ceremony. Mme. Marie Emilie Camille Boucher, two of her daughters, and their nanny drowned. Only M. Boucher, his son, the cook, and a sailor survived. I learned about this drowning after seeing the statue in Saint-Malo on a previous trip, and I felt pulled to return to France to research this story, and to write about my findings. During my residency, I continued my research and worked on the manuscript.