Days by Moonlight

By (author) Andre Alexis
Narrator Andre Alexis
Categories: Fiction: general and literary, Fiction and Related items
Publisher: Coach House Books
Paperback : 9781552453797, 224 pages, February 2019

Description

Botanist Alfred Homer, recently bereaved but ever hopeful, embarks on a road trip with Professor Morgan Bruno. They encounter towns with familiar names but otherworldly customs: where Black residents speak only in sign language or where there are Indigenous Parades, house burnings, werewolves, and witches. Days by Moonlight is a Dantesque journey through the hour of the wolf—when the sun is setting and the traveller can’t tell the difference between dog and wolf.

Awards

  • Long-listed, SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE 2019
  • Winner, Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize 2019

Reviews

“A mash-up that is part fabulism, part faux biography, and part satire, Days by Moonlight conveys the experience of grief, managing to transform its inarticulable and symbolic weight into a finely wrought literary work. ” —Quill and Quire

"With the dream-like touch of a magical realist, Alexis carries us away on a profound and hilarious drive through small-town Ontario as it’s never been seen before in search of a mysterious poet named Skennen. It’s a journey where the spiritual meets the commonplace and the bizarre, the underworld comes up for air when you least expect it, and the Divine patiently watches over all. Days by Moonlight is a funny, moving, and wholly original take on the quest narrative that liberates the imagination with a loud whoop of joy. " —2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury