My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a quieter book than the past few Gamache novels. It included lots of well-observed comments on the way the world is and a different side of Gamache's wife than we had seen before.
This was one of my favorite passages because I totally get how Myrna feels:
"The heat shimmered off the buildings and bounced off concrete and drilled into the pavement which gave off the scent of melting asphalt in the heavy, humid air. Myrna found it strangely calming. Her mother's and grandmother's comfort smells were cut grass and fresh baking and the subtle scent of line-dried sheets. For Myrna's generation the smells that calmed were manufactured. Melting asphalt meant summer. VapoRub meant winter, and being cared for. There were Tang and gas fumes and long-gone photocopy ink." (p. 74)This is my first book of the year for the Canadian Book Challenge. The Tragically Hip's Fully Completely is the album that marks completion of one book.