Douglas & McIntyre
Return from Africa

Book details:

May 2005
ISBN 978-1-55365-098-0
Paperback - Trade
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
208 pages
$22.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Return from Africa

In Return from Africa, Francine d’Amour explores the parallel worlds of interior and exterior travel. Charlotte and Julien, a middle-class Quebecois couple, plan an extended trip to Egypt. After an argument, Charlotte tears up her ticket and refuses to go. Julien calls her bluff and leaves anyway, while Charlotte—too ashamed to remain among her friends —awaits his return in a rented bungalow on the outskirts of Montreal. In a long, rambling monologue to her departed lover, she imagines Julien’s progress through the Middle East, recalls previous trips they have made together and examines not only their complex relationship but also the foundation of her own need for perpetual motion.

Return from Africa is a penetrating look at our contemporary compulsion for isolation and alienation. It is also a brilliant depiction of one woman’s agonized descent into the inferno of self-imposed exile.

About the Author

Francine  D'Amour

Francine D'Amour

Francine D’Amour lives in Laval, Quebec, where she teaches literature at Montmorency College. D’Amour’s novel, Presque rien, won the Prix Québec-Paris ...

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