This compelling story explores the motley crew of characters?including mother-turned-stripper Gloria, alcoholic Tim, frequent jailbird Charlie, and the suicidal wife of a rich doctor?who call the rundown Hôtel des Voyageurs home. Mesmerizing in its passion and humility, the narrative evokes the despair and innocence present in modern urban surroundings.
Marie-Claire Blais is the author of more than 20 books, including Mad Shadows and Nights in the Underground. She is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Governor General's Literary Award, the Prix France-Canada, and the W. O. Mitchell Literary Prize. Richard Teleky is the author of Pack Up the Moon and the American Harold Ribalow prize-winning The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin.