Postcards from Three Pines: The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home Postcard
“Venturing outside of Three Pines for the new one. St. Lawrence River is such a presence here in Quebec. Almost mythic, I want to explore the idea of the characters on an odyssey of sorts - and what better way than using the river as an allegory. Fingers crossed I do it justice.”

Their first port of call along the coast was Anticosti Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“Says here,” said Clara, reading from a guidebook she found in the passenger lounge, “that there’ve been four hundred shipwrecks off Anticosti.”

“Oh really,” said Jean-Guy, folding his arms across his chest. “Tell me more.”

“Apparently it’s known as the cemetery of the Gulf,” she said.

“I was being sarcastic,” said Beauvoir.

“I know,” said Clara. “But at least we now know what that pilot meant when he said the big challenge for the ship was the Graves. We get it behind us early.”

“This isn’t the Graves,” said Gamache. He got up from the arborite table in the lounge and walked to the windows. Through the dirty streaks he could see the island approaching. It was huge and almost completely uninhabited. By humans.

The only settlement was Port-Menier, where fewer than three hundred people lived. But the waters teemed with huge salmon and trout and seals. And the forests were full of deer and moose and grouse.

Gamache stepped through the door to the deck, followed by Clara, Myrna, Jean-Guy, and Marcel Chartrand. The air was cooler than in Baie- Saint- Paul. Fresher. A mist hung over the forest and crept onto the river, softening the line between land and water and air.

It felt as though they were approaching the past. A primordial forest so lush and green and unspoiled it could not possibly exist in the age of space travel, cell phones, Botox.

The only signs of habitation were the light house and the row of
bright wooden homes along the shore.

“What’s that?” asked Clara.

“What?” asked Chartrand.

“That.” Clara cocked her head to one side and pointed into the air. Applause. Clapping.

She scanned the shore. Perhaps it was a tradition. Perhaps when the supply ship arrived, the residents came out and applauded. She would. But that wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t quite human.

“It’s the trees,” said Chartrand. He guided her gently around until Clara was looking away from the harbor, toward the forest.

“They’re happy to see us,” he said quietly.

Discussion on “Postcards from Three Pines: The Long Way Home

  1. Elina says:

    This was such a mystical moment!

  2. Julie Weston says:

    “It felt as though they were approaching the past.” Beautiful and mystical. Thank you.

  3. Rebecca says:

    You certainly did it justice!

  4. Lynne Dillon says:

    Makes me want to read all the Gamache books again. Love vision of trees clapping.

  5. Laurel says:

    This book inspired me to travel along the St. Lawrence! We only got as far as Tadoussac, but it was magical trip for us too!

  6. Jill says:

    An amazing journey

  7. Karen Lewis says:

    Love the postcards. A lovely reminder of the book. Thank you!

  8. Lou Ann Callaway says:

    Reminds me of Isaiah 55:12:
    You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. ❤️

    • Carolyn M Cain says:

      Lou Ann. What a beautiful comment. You should write a book yourself! I am getting so excited because Louise is coming to Tallahassee Florida and I have a ticket.

    • Nicki Broch says:

      I’m a double Callaway and your message does us proud….I love the hymn written with those words as text….
      Also love the Gamache books…on my way through them for the third time.

  9. Carol says:

    I can’t wait for the next book !!! I have read all of your books . And I love the postcards. .It helps you remember the book . I think I will go back and read all of your books again . Keep the postcards coming

  10. Julia Vilardi says:

    This was the first book I read in the series because the friend who recommended Louise Penny did not tell me it was a series. I found the book hard to understand, but loved the writing. I have since read the whole series and have loved them all. I am in withdrawal waiting for the next book. I plan to start the series again beginning on New Years Day.

  11. Marie Rutter says:

    We were on a cruise going up the St. Laurence from Quebec City when I first read this book. I tried to find the places mentioned in the bookas we progressed.

  12. Fran Wheeler says:

    Beautiful; tragic; mystical; loving—I could go on. You absolutely did it justice, and now I find I must go back and read it again. Thank you, dear Louise Penny.

  13. Jennifer Scott says:

    What a peaceful and reflective moment. The picture is so gorgeous!

  14. Elizabeth Gehrman says:

    When I’m immersed in your books I don’t just read them, I live them. It feels like I know the places and the people (as much as anyone can know another). Thank you for the beautiful gifts.

  15. Having read all of your amazing Gamache books which puts me in Three Pines. Wish I could go there with you. Can hardly wait for your latest book due out next week.

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