Jack Waterman is a writer who owns a bookstore in Quebec City. Jimmy is an aspiring writer with no roots and no experience. When one day Jimmy wanders into Jack's store, Jack becomes his mentor. Jimmy goes to Paris, but returns to Quebec when Jack takes a turn for the worse. Jack suffers from Eisenhower's disease, his name for Alzheimer's, and although it is progressing slowly, he is aware that at some point soon he is going to lose his faculties.
About the authors
Jacques Poulin, born in 1938 in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, is one of the leading novelists of his generation. Author of over a dozen novels, including Volkswagen Blues which introduced him to a wider American and Canadian audience he has received many prizes.
Award-winning translator Sheila Fischman has translated over 150 Quebec novels from French to English, including Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais and Kim Thúy. She is a recipient of the Molson Prize for the Arts.
All the touchstones of a Poulin novel are here; the ever present VW bus, cats, loving sisters, books and reading, the question of ending one's life when necessary, the gracefulness and humour of living.The Sun Times (Owen Sound)