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Autumn Rounds by Jacques Poulin
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Nov 30, 2021 | ISBN 9781953861061

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“Poulin continues his oeuvre of quiet, unimposing fiction with this delicate tale of a Quebec City bookmobile owner whose solitary life is upended after he meets an alluring woman . . . Narrated in ponderous, poetic prose, the brief text successfully harnesses a range of themes, made potent by the melancholy mix of the Driver’s fear of aging and the lure of romance. Poulin once again shows his knack for grace and nuance.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Poulin’s novel offers a deeply felt meditation on loneliness, age, and the improbability of human connection.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“Rich with humor, reflection, and the almost palpable magic of books, Autumn Rounds is a novel that explores an intimate yet expansive landscape.”
–Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“What a luminous little book this is.  Nothing could have made me happier than to have it transport me to its realm.  Long may its motivations reign—the sheer love of books, an informed awe at the natural world.  I felt I was my better self for having read it.”
–John Silber

“One of my favorite writers in the world is Jacques Poulin.”
–Rawi Hage

“One of the finest and most underrated novelists in Québec.”
–The Globe and Mail

 ”Poulin shares a mix of detached humor, fantasy, and compassion with Vonnegut and Salinger.”
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

“For decades Poulin has been teaching us that great literature can be about small things: the language of love and the love of language, the pleasure of solitude and the grief of loneliness, the value of work and the importance of play. While each of his novels stands on its own, together they create a world that is instantly recognizable and immediately endearing.”
–Alyson Waters, Yale University

“Poulin is a master of imagery and dialogue: they rest like froth on top of something much more murky and morose: an underlying fear of emptiness.”
–The Silhouette

“Autumn Rounds is a subtle, beguiling novel about books and nature, a meditation on forming connections and finding love late in life that has the feel of a travelogue, both charming and melancholy at the same time . . .  It’s a bittersweet, quietly powerful novel, a soothing balm for the soul, and there’s something about the goodness and kindness of the people within its pages that touches the heart.”
–Radhika Pandit, Radhika’s Reading Retreat

Praise for Mister Blue –

“This is a great and very beautiful novel.”
–Le Devoir

“Jacques Poulin has perfected the art of making simplicity look artless…Told with Hemingway-like sparseness and minimal melodrama…Poulin earns his lump-in-the-throat ending.”
–Shelf Awareness

“Poulin’s style is discreet. He knows he has us in his gentle grip but he will not intrude with privileged knowledge of his characters’ interiors . . . This narrative, produced with such a light touch, has a beguiling effect – a muffled anxiety at its core, a surprising life-or-death debacle in miniature . . . I’ve never used the term ‘endearing’ in a review to describe a novel. But there it is.”
— Ron Slate, On the Seawall

“A story that just naturally flows, and doesn’t try too much. But Poulin’s restraint nevertheless manages to incorporate a lot – without ever even tending towards the ponderous. He has a unique style and approach, and 
Autumn Rounds fits in very much with his other work; so many authors try way too hard with so many aspects of their work, but Poulin is unambitious in exactly the right way . . . A very agreeable read.”
–M.A. Orfother, Complete Review

Praise for Translation is a Love Affair –

“For Jacques Poulin, in this miniature masterpiece of tenderness and humour, translation is more than the passage from language to language, it is the essence of our human condition: giving and taking, teaching and learning, experiencing and sharing experience, a love affair with our fellow human beings.”
–Alberto Manguel

“We fall under the spell of this heartwarming, human novel, penned by Jacques Poulin at the summit of his art.”
–Mieux Vivre

“If familiarity and surprise have become the trademark of Poulin’s novels, it is evident that Translation is a Love Affair does not deviate from this model; and Poulin’s reader continues to read as he/she would pay a visit to relatives, as much to reoccupy a familiar world as to discover that which is new.”
Canadian Literature

Autumn Rounds is an exceptionally gentle novel, a quiet romance with ruminations on aging, books, friendship, and the pleasures of landscapes and nature … What gives [it] mass and momentum are all the little pieces that it seamlessly fits together.”
–Danny Yee, Danny Yee Book Reviews

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