I Am a Truck

By (author) Michelle Winters
Categories: Fiction: general and literary, Fiction and Related items
Publisher: Invisible Publishing
Paperback : 9781926743783, 160 pages, November 2016



Agathe and Réjean Lapointe are about to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary when Réjean’s beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road—with no trace of Réjean. As her hope dwindles, Agathe falls in with her spirited co-worker, Debbie, who teaches Agathe about rock ’n 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, moving tale about the possibilities and impossibilities of love and loyalty.


  • Short-listed, Scotiabank Giller Prize 2017


“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 Truck feels 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

"At once charming, funny, bizarre and highly original with a feel-good ending reminiscent of Thelma and Louise’s iconic finale, the book is... driven by mystery, emotion and wholly likeable characters."Canadian Living

“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

"Highly original, laced with wit and love, and it might just be the strangest, yet most feel-good, story I’ve read all year."—Reading Matters

"I fell in love with this short book from the outset and read it slowly because I didn't want it to end."—Booklog for Charlotte

I Am a Truck is a mystery of considerable depth. And it is also very funny.”Atlantic Books Today

"It’s snappy, it bounces along, it’s witty without being unserious, it’s strange without being absurd, it’s human without being cloying and it is genuinely moving despite its plotty, thrillery, conceit and literary style… I Am a Truck is a cracking work of fiction."—Triumph of the Now

“The wonder-packed drama of I Am a Truck plays itself out in the impossible intersection of a Coen brothers movie, a James M. Cain novel and a Looney Tunes feature. Michelle Winters has created a fresh novel overflowing with mystery, emotional complexity and a new and welcome breed of goofy charm.”—Stuart Ross, author of Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew

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