Indians on Vacation
December 3, 2020 6:05 AM - by King, Thomas - Subscribe

"My wife loves to travel. It's one of her great treats and it's one of my abject horrors." ... "I always wondered what I was going to be able to do with all the travel that my wife drags me off on. And so I decided, well, I'll write a book about that. And so I did." So said Thomas King, in discussing his novel about Bird and Mimi and their vacation.

From the Publisher:

Meet Bird and Mimi in this brilliant new novel from one of Canada’s foremost authors. Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi’s long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.

“I’m sweaty and sticky. My ears are still popping from the descent into Vaclav Havel. My sinuses ache. My stomach is upset. My mouth is a sewer. I roll over and bury my face in a pillow. Mimi snuggles down beside me with no regard for my distress.

‘My god,’ she whispers, ‘can it get any better?’”

By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the unforgettable tale of one couple’s holiday trip to Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.
posted by jacquilynne (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I signed this out from the library as an ebook just one day before King was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada, and now there's a waiting list, so go me for good timing!

This book was a deeply entertaining read -- the dialogue sparks and the characters are entertaining and feel really genuine. They're grumpy and petty and loving and attentive in equal measure, and they remind me of so many actual couples that I know.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:09 AM on December 3, 2020

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