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Breakfast at the Exit Café

Travels Through America

by Wayne Grady & Merilyn Simonds

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About the Authors
Wayne Grady has translated eight novels and edited six anthologies of short stories. He won the Governor General's Award for his translation of On the Eighth Day by Antonine Maillet and was nominated for the 2005 Governor General's Award for his translation of Francine D'Amour's Return from Africa.
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Merilyn Simonds is the author of fourteen books, including the novel The Holding, named a New York Times Editor's Choice, as well as the acclaimed works of literary nonfiction The Lion in the Room Next Door and The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General's Award. She and Wayne Grady live on a small acreage north of Kingston, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

Grady and Simonds, one of Canada's most popular and successful literary couples, travel by car from British Columbia around the southern rim of the United States, with no special agenda or itinerary in mind, but find themselves on a journey of discovery, historical and personal. —Globe & Mail


Grady and Simonds . . . hand the pen back and forth throughout their journey, each taking a few pages to comment on the passing scene before turning it over again to the other . . . This unusual structure works surprisingly well. There's no doubt we are travelling with writers . . . What a complex, fascinating read America continues to be. —Literary Review of Canada


By the end of the book, the story of two travellers has become a journey of another sort: the story of a marriage. And this second journey itself is analogous to relations between the U.S. and Canada. The question in both cases is: How can two very different nations share resources, come to understand one another, and ultimately learn to get along on the road they both share? —Quill & Quire


At core, the book presents a series of slices of Americana, as considered and portrayed through Canuck eyes . . . .This is a travel book that travels well. —Winnipeg Free Press


Grady & Simonds take turns, each penning half of the short sections in each of the book's 14 chapters. It's an attractive choice. As they barrel along interstates and winding highways, Grady's smouldering distrust and apparent dislike of the U.S. is literally shoulder-to-shoulder with Simonds's quizzicality and eye for offbeat detail. —Ottawa Citizen


In Breakfast at the Exit Cafe, Grady and Simonds manage to redeem Americans . . . In so doing, they also manage to define Canadian identity as something more than just anti-Americanism. Which, in the end, redeems us too. —Globe & Mail


Whether it's the sign of a symbiotic marriage or of seasoned writers crafting a seamless travel collage, the narrative in this road trip through America flows as easily as a new car on an empty highway. —Globe & Mail


The authors have done their historical homework about the U.S., and provide an interesting guide for the ambivalent first-time traveler. —Publishers Weekly

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