I Am A Truck

I Am A Truck

Book - 2016
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Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

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A National Post Best Book of the Year

A tender but lively debut novel about a man, a woman, and their Chevrolet dealer.

Agathe and R#65533;jean Lapointe are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary when R#65533;jean's beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road--with no trace of R#65533;jean. Agathe handles her grief by fondling the shirts in the Big and Tall department at Hickey's Family Apparel and carrying on a relationship with a cigarette survey. As her hope dwindles, Agathe falls in with her spirited coworker, Debbie, who teaches Agathe about rock and roll, and with Martin Bureau, the one man who might know the truth about R#65533;jean's fate. Set against the landscape of rural Acadia, I Am a Truck is a funny and moving tale about the possibilities and impossibilities of love and loyalty.

2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation:

French or English, stick or twist, Chevy or Ford? Michelle Winters has written an original, off-beat novel that explores the gaps between what people are and what they want to be. For a short book I am a Truck is bursting with huge appetites, for love and le rock-and-roll and cheese, for male friendship and takeout tea with the bag left in. Within the novel's distinctive Acadian setting French and English co-exist like old friends - comfortable, supple to each other's whims and rhythms, sometimes bickering but always contributing to this fine, very funny, fully-achieved novel about connection and misunderstanding. And trucks.

"The wonder-packed drama of I Am a Truck plays itself out in the impossible intersection of a Coen brothers movie, a James M. Cain novel and a Looney Tunes feature. Michelle Winters has created a fresh novel overflowing with mystery, emotional complexity and a new and welcome breed of goofy charm." - Stuart Ross, author of Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew

Publisher: Halifax :, Invisible Publishing,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781926743783
Branch Call Number: F WIN
Characteristics: 149 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Nash, Leigh 1982-- Editor

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wyenotgo
May 25, 2018

What an intriguing discovery this short novel turned out to be! Winters' gentle, insightful sense of irony plays out in her deftly drawn characters: A car salesman clearly unfit for his job who is nevertheless successful at it because of his social ineptness; a gentle giant who takes up a hobby entirely contrary to his nature; his reclusive wife, hiding behind her homely French patois who subconsciously longs to break free and launch herself into the wider world. And throughout the tale there's the presence of Réjean's beloved truck, the only thing in his life that matters to him apart from Agathe. Finally, the whimsical tale and small town New Brunswick setting are a perfect fit for this quirky cast of characters. A quick, enjoyable read.

ontherideau Jan 02, 2018

A quick read, interweaving lives. If I was to make a comparison it would be to Little Red Riding Hood, not for the story line but the feel.

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lebaudroy
Dec 28, 2017

Fast-paced read and very funny at times. Almost reads like a fairytale. Overall a bit light though. I kept hoping for some insight about love or life or marriage or friendship, but it never rose above its own narrative. Still, I recommend.

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dwboyd41
Nov 19, 2017

Nominated for the 2017 Giller Prize

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