FINALIST FOR THE 2017 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE
A tender but lively debut novel about a man, a woman, and their Chevrolet dealer.
Agathe and Réjean Lapointe are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary when Réjean's beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road-with no trace of Réjean. 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 Réjean'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.
"I Am a Truck is a mystery of considerable depth. And it is also very funny."--Atlantic Books Today
At once charming, funny, bizarre and highly original with a feel-good ending reminiscent of Thelma and Louise's iconic finale.--Canadian Living
About the Author
Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, N.B., living in Toronto. Her written and visual work stretches the limits of the probable, explores the lushness of the industrial, and anthropomorphizes with gay abandon. Her stories have been published in THIS Magazine, Taddle Creek, Dragnet, and Matrix, and she was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize. I Am a Truck is her debut novel.
"Winters does a lot on the page and packs a great deal of charm into this trim, very human little book... Quirky and fun, I Am a Truckfeels like a departure from the typical Giller-nominated fare, and that's a very good thing. Totally at home despite its smaller stature - both in publishing house and page count - this pick lends something fresh and unexpected to the hallowed list." -- Globe and Mail
"I Am a Truck, by New Brunswick writer Michelle Winters, features a Chevy Silverado in a short novel with the feel of a Coen brothers' film...This is a story about driving, freedom, rock 'n' roll and the joys of taking control of your own destiny--and destination." --Toronto Star
"This fast-paced, quirky, heart warming and hilarious novel captures the fast and loose crossovers of language and culture that make southeast New Brunswick unique." - Geist
"Winters is an ace at slyly building tension; after a couple chapters we find ourselves in the middle of a detective story, wrapped in a love story, wrapped in a portrait of a part of French Canada that is unlike any other region in the country." - Matrix Magazine
"Tightly constructed but character-driven, Michelle Winters' I Am a Truck is a remarkably satisfying read. For a jury who clearly appreciates the art of driving off-road, this fresh voice deserved a nod of recognition and it could even snag a spot in the parking lot of the [Giller Prize] shortlist." -- Buried in Print