Gamache Series Open Discussion

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.

Paul Hochman

Discussion on “Gamache Series Open Discussion

  1. Excerpt from Glass Houses available from Louise’s Facebook page with a way to opt out “…in case you don’t want to know.” I know not everyone does but I’m in every time, every scrap offered, no hesitation. Life offers quite enough opportunities for me to wait in suspense. Lovely surprise! Thanks!

    • Julie Buck says:

      I love the way you put it, Cathryne – “Life offers quite enough opportunities for me to wait in suspense.”

  2. Marcia says:

    I have just found the Gamache books this winter. I am currently rereading as I read quickly the first time. I just found The Bistro and will read through all the comments. I love Three Pines and all its inhabitants, especially Armand. Thank you Louise for these fabulous books. I am transported to this lovely village as soon as I sit down to read.

  3. Julie Buck says:

    Welcome, Marcia – I hope you like it here. A bunch of us “hang around” waiting for each new book, and in the meantime talk about lots of different things… not much longer to wait for the next one now…

  4. Louise Catellier says:

    I am so very happy to have found the bistro. I stumbled upon the Gamache series when my library suggested I read Still Life based on my previous selections.

    My 87 year old father was born in St Gervais, Quebec and settled in the USA. This series reminds me of childhood visits to Canada. My dad is terminally ill and each day is a gift with him. I have been discussing the story rich with Quebecois history with him and his eyes light up with each topic. Samuel de Champlain was a long discussion and he prompted me to do some additional research. I am grateful for the timing of my “find” and will miss these discussions.

    Thank you Louise Penny for an amazing gift and thank God for planting the seed of storytelling in you. Bisous xxx Louise

  5. Julie Buck says:

    Louise – what wonderful memories you made of those discussions with your father! I think Louise is remarkable for the depth she brings to her characters and her unerring ability to find the nuggets of gold in Canadian history and geography.

    • Louise Catellier says:

      I couldn’t agree more. What a surprise it will be to serve pain dore for breakfast on Easter. Followed by Sugar pie later for dessert. My dad will be stumped at my culinary Quebecois prowess!

  6. Marcia says:

    I just watched Still Life on Acorn tv. Did not think actor who played Gamache was good, not kind enough. It was too short to give depth to any of the characters. Very disappointing.

  7. Julie Buck says:

    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”.

  8. Marcia says:

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Julie Buck says:

    Me, too – I wonder how I will be containing myself til late August!

  11. Louisa (Lisa Ann) Shampine says:

    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:

    Louise has inspired so many creative people!

  12. Julie Buck says:

    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…

  13. Julie Buck says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. Marcia says:

    Where have you seen the new cover. I couldn’t find a full picture.

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