And Miles to Go Before I Sleep
by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins
Narrated by J. Sean Elliott
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Pub Date 15 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Away From Her meets Strangers on a Train in this follow-up to cult bestseller And the Birds Rained Down
After And The Birds Rained Down, a stunning meditation on aging and freedom, Jocelyne Saucier is back with her unique outlook on self-determination in this unsettling story about a woman’s disappearance.
Gladys might look old and frail, but she is determined to finish her life on her own terms. And so, one September morning, she leaves Swastika, her home of the past fifty years, and hops on the Northlander train, eager to put thousands of miles of northern Quebec between her and the improbably named village, and leaving behind her perennially tormented daughter, Lisana.
Our mysterious narrator, who is documenting these disappearing northern trains, is eager to uncover the truth of Gladys’s voyage, tracking down fellow passengers and train employees for years to learn what happened to Gladys and her daughter, and why.
|DURATION||5 Hours, 44 Minutes|
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Average rating from 6 members
A simple, sweet and moving story about one woman’s last train journey and the impact it has on all those around her. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was fantastic, really brought it to life. The sweeping landscapes and small towns described make the whole thing very cinematic, it’d make a fantastic Wes Anderson film. Overall I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for something short and different to listen to/read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Coach House Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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