Cadillac Couches is a picaresque road trip novel that journeys from prairie to big city and back again. A quixotic tale set in the late nineties and framed by the popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival, it follows two music-smittentwentysomething women as they search for love and purpose. Annie Jones is trying to put her big love, Sullivan, behind her and squash her demons of anxiety and compulsion. In a post-fest funk, she and her more worldly sidekick Isobel jump in Annie's 1972 Volkswagen Beetle and race across the country to Montreal where her real-life fantasy man, Hawksley Workman, is doing a gig. A year later Annie and Isobel end up back at the folk festival, this time in a much different position.
A witty first novel, Cadillac Couches is a story about finding one's holy grail in life. The book comes with its own playlist.close this panel
"I love this angsty, already-of-age, road trip tale of idealistic music worshipping and very real people who party and suffer as only post-eighties people know how!" —Ben Sures, singer-songwriter
"The road trip that accounts for the majority of the novel helps keep the story moving at a brisk pace, while also making the book as much an ode to Canada as to music." —Quill & Quire
"I really liked Cadillac Couches, a silly, sprawling road-trip novel with its very own soundtrack . . . The whole package casts a spell. For those of us who came of age in the 1990s, Cadillac Couches is a bit like a scrapbook, the coolest bits of every diary you ever kept. Watson shuns convention with her book's conclusion too, its happily ever after coming courtesy of a refreshing dose of grrrl power." —Pickle Me This blog
"Cadillac Couches is a marvelously quirky and enjoyable novel. It is as much a ballad to Canada, as it is to music." —The Coastal Spectatorclose this panel