Pascal is a young boy who lives a somewhat average life. He does chores, like milking the cow, cleaning his room and other things a young boy in his position would do. His family is very religious as they go to church, pray before dinner and thank the lord for their blessing "God is good, he's blessed us. We should pray. To give him thanks... Father, we thank you for your mercy and your generosity."(Roy p.35). Pascal doesn't realize really why they go to church, he just finds it to be a good way to spend his Saturday afternoon "Mass was joyful. Joyous. A celebration." (Roy p.40).
The setting of this book seems as if it is Africa or more of a third world society. The book mentions a problem with cockroaches in their house "Pascal had seen a few cockroaches wandering about" (Roy p.23). Not only that, it mentions people having to go to town to fetch water "He didn't want to imagine his brothers and sisters walking all the way down to the main pump just to get water to wash their faces in. Water to drink."(Roy p.15).
As I have only read 45 pages of the book, I still do not feel very confident when I'm identifying where the setting is. I look forward to finding more specific evidence in the book and learning more about the main character, Pascal.