Lucien & Olivia
by Andre Narbonne
Narrated by Steve Baker
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Pub Date 28 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 04 May 2023
A comic statement on the beautiful waywardness of life. Built on scenes of discovery and error, the novel satirizes the transactional view of human relations that has elbowed its way into our lives by way of contemporary political discourse.
The novel is set in the 1980s before cell phones, personal computers, and Facebook “likes.” Lucien is a marine engineer on a Canadian tanker. While on one-month leave in Halifax, he meets Olivia, a brilliant philosophy student at Dalhousie University, who takes an immediate dislike to him. What begins as mutual antipathy changes when they discover how compatible their oddities are. Charged by Olivia not to say he loves her, Lucien returns to sea and to a job characterized by its plodding predictability. Here he discovers that not everything in his life is foreseeable, including his feelings for Olivia. This is a fascinating and different work of fiction.
“The explorations of intimacy are human and frank. The search for love, meaning and trust and yes, even romance, is all the more compelling set against the backdrop of engine rooms and the modest rooming houses and temporary first homes of the young characters.” — Natalie Meisner, author of Speed Dating for Sperm Donors
|4 Hours, 28 Minutes