Original title: Les écrivements

Publication Date:

September 2018



Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto


Original title: Les écrivements

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Matthieu Simard has penned an astonishing poignant poetic novel about the violence of absence. — Les libraires

A woman at the end of her life, an absent man unable to restart his, a teenager in search of the grandmother she never had and a history of guilty secrets and things left unsaid. This is a powerful, moving novel of love, loss, and family.

For 40 years, a woman has resisted the urge to seek out the man who shared her life before going missing one night in December 1976. At 80, she learns that he is affected with Alzheimer’s. Her promise holds no longer: she must get to the bottom of what happened before he loses all recollection of the past.

A tender novel told in an irresistible savoury voice with mordant and subtle humour, Ramblings offers up a reflection on the vagaries of human memory, on the things we inadvertently forget and those we chose to dismiss from our minds.

Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight and unexpected tenderness, Ramblings is pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding one’s footing in this life.

Matthieu Simard is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter currently living in Montreal. His previous novels have been shortlisted for the Archambault Grand Prize and the Gouverneur Général Literary Prize (2009). He has written the script for the cinema adaptation of his his novel Ça sent la coupe, directed by Patrice Sauvé.