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And Miles To Go Before I Sleep
By (author): Jocelyne Saucier Translated by: Rhonda Mullins
Jocelyne Saucier ,

Translated by :

Rhonda Mullins


Coach House Books



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 15, 2021
$21.95 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.63 in | 0.66 lb

Page Count:

208 pages
Coach House Books
FICTION / Literary

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.

  • And the Birds Rained Down is our best-selling translation ever, and was a huge success internationally. It was shortlisted for a dozen different prizes, including the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie in France and Canada Reads. This is a much-anticipated follow-up.
  • This book furthers Birds’ theme of aging and dying on one’s own terms; this theme feels even more salient now as we consider how long-term-care homes work (and don’t) during the pandemic.
  • For people who love the Alice Munro classic Away From Her.

Jocelyne Saucier was born in New Brunswick and lives in Abitibi, Quebec. Two of her previous novels, La vie comme une image ( House of Sighs ) and Jeanne sur les routes ( Jeanne's Road ) were finalists for the Governor General's Award. Il pleuvait des oiseaux ( And the Birds Rained Down ) garnered her the Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie, making her the first Canadian to win the award. The book was a CBC Canada Reads Selection in 2015. Rhonda Mullins is a Montreal-based translator who has translated many books from French into English, including Jocelyne Saucier's And Miles To Go Before I Sleep, Gregoire Courtois' The Laws of the Skies, Dominique Fortier's Paper Houses, and Anais Barbeau-Lavalette's Suzanne. She is a seven-time finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation, winning the award in 2015 for her translation of Jocelyne Saucier's Twenty-One Cardinals. Novels she has translated were contenders for CBC Canada Reads in 2015 and 2019 and one was a finalist for the 2018 Best Translated Book Award. Mullins was the inaugural literary translator in residence at Concordia University in 2018. She is a mentor to emerging translators in the Banff International Literary Translation Program.

“Nostalgic and beautifully grotesque, this novel is delightfully baroque and, although short, so striking it simply will never leave you.” —The Coast, on And the Birds Rained Down

“A journey as geographical as it is interior . . . a bumpy route, but one punctuated by contemplative pleasures, by small, lost joys. . . Simultaneously introspective and captivating, [And Miles to Go Before I Sleep] reconnects us to what is essential.” —Les Libraires

“With And Miles To Go Before I Sleep, Jocelyne Saucier has added a hefty brick to the literary edifice she has built over time, a profound, touching work, filled with ordinary characters living extraordinary lives, who, far from the limelight, are on stirring quests for the absolute.” Michaël Pelletier-Lalonde, L'indice bohémien

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