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Join us here in The Bistro for a discussion on the entire Gamache series. Feel free to ask or answer any questions about any of the books or the series as a whole.

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Oh, I don’t know, Barbara – I could see that being at least one thread, though there would probably be more layers and meanings the deeper you dug…

Ever since I read LP’s newsletter, I’ve been think about Aug.29th. I wonder what our friends will be up to this time ? How has life been going for them ? How are Ruth and Rosa ? Have new people wandered into Three Pines ?
The title interests me. I wonder if it has to do with a person who is always pointing out the faults of others when suddenly an old secret becomes known and he/she has the same or worse faults in the past.

Noooooo. Too simplistic .

Hi, Bill – welcome! The Long Way Home is one that had lots of mystical things in it – I think of that amazing garden (which really exists) in Scotland – the Garden of Cosmic Speculation http://thegallopinggardener.blogspot.com/2012/05/garden-of-cosmic-speculation-open-for.html

That’s not “haunted” per se, but it did have some strange goings-on, including a stone rabbit that came to life, and a Scottish police officer Gamache couldn’t understand when he spoke.

But I kind of think there was something also about the place where they finally found Peter – in a very wild part of Quebec. Maybe there was something about that – it seems to me that’s where the idea of the tramp who smiled at Gamache and made him think the tramp was God, was brought up for the second time (the first being in The Brutal Telling, I think). But that’s all I can think of. Let us know if you figure it out.

Does anyone remember a section in The Long Way Home where Gamache went to a haunted road? I can’t figure out what book I read that in and it’s driving me crazy.

So lucky Julie. Hoping the tour will extend to somewhere I can get to more easily. Although I should have been happy to come to Seattle. Great town!!

So happy that Louise is coming to Seattle – I have my ticket, and because my hubby is a UW prof, we get the “VIP” section (which I figure means we’re somewhat near the front) – Yippee! Can’t wait. She’s been here several times in the past few years, but late August seems to be a busy time in my social calendar, and I was not able to go the last couple of times. Sooooo happy to be going this time!

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Julie, what a good idea, I didn’t make that connection. It brings hope, too, to what sounds like a scary story.
I LOVE the new cover, it’s beautiful and it seems meaningful. I feel like I see feathery frost on the outside of a window and heavier ice around the edges–flat, smooth, thick ice that is shattering and breaking into sharp, dangerous shards, starting to fall away.

Love the cover of Glass Houses – it makes me think of “There’s a crack in everything – it’s how the light gets in”.

Hi, Louisa – we have figured she was trying to say it was a cold night. Which would be
La nuit est froide – she has mixed up Fraise and Froide. Fraise is actually pronounced Frezz, which sounds enough like “freeze” to her. I love the way Louise puts those things in – like the phonetics of Billy Williams’ speech.

That’s a great blog, too – I followed it from its outset, and am sad that they are not continuing on. I think they had a bunch of things they wanted to “try” and now that they are finished, with their initial list, feel they don’t have much more to say. I am hoping there will be new posts with the new book…

Hello! Late to the Bistro, but so happy to have found you all! I’ve read some of the very early posts (pages 1-3 so far.) I’ll read more as I can. I can’t wait for the new book to come out, and I look forward to chatting with you all.

Has anyone ever figured out what the librarian was trying to say in Bury your Dead when she was telling Gamache et al that The night was a strawberry? The correct French would be La nuit est une frais. Phonetically, la knee tune fray or if she was trying to toss in some bad Spanish also, la knee tuna fray. La nut unafraid?

I also found this blog while trying to decipher the meaning: https://thenightisastrawberry.blogspot.com/

Louise has inspired so many creative people!

So excited to see the cover of Glass Houses tomorrow (as announced by Louise on her Facebook page today). I’ve been watching for the announcement!
So now I’m just sitting by the fire in the bistro munching muffins and drinking tea as I patiently wait.

Julie, I agree, Ruth was not how I envisioned her either. I was okay with Jean Guy and Lacoste, although I saw Isabelle as smaller and darker. The time was too short to actually develop any character. Well I am off. Happy Easter everyone.

Marcia, I have read that Louise was also disappointed in the outcome. I think it is very hard for a writer to give up her characters to others to interpret, because, of course, they are not going to be able to meet your expectations when you’ve been imagining them just as they should be! I agree, the casting wasn’t quite right with a lot of the main characters. The one I was the most disappointed in was Ruth, because she was just a nice old lady, hahaha. Then again, they couldn’t portray the true nature of the relationships in such short snippets and with “cleaned up for TV language! I remember enjoying it, but knowing as I went into it that it wasn’t going to be the “real thing”.

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