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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.

Discussion on “The Bistro”

I enjoyed that, Paul – I hope she is going to do other books, too. Just as I enjoy the thoughtful posts on The Night is a Strawberry, looking at the books through food is a very satisfying way to go about it all…

An excellent read Paul. Thank you. Its always interesting to hear what others think of Louise, particularly those who came to Three Pines so far into the series. Not surprised that it was the food that bought her back!!

I agree Peg. Similarities in the prickly way they interact with the world…..reject before it rejects you.
I spoke only briefly to Pete so didn’t get a big debrief on the book launch. He said it was really good, as you would expect, and that he found it interesting to hear about the discipline Louise brings to writing. As she was a journalist she is used to being disciplined with writing. At the beginning she sets herself a 200 a day word count and increases it as she moves forward. 200 words…sometimes we write almost that much in a post!
Hopefully I can talk more to Pete tomorrow as I was at an appointment with Dad after he had finished his evening our down times didn’t really intersect.

I hope your Petey feels better Barbara and happy birthday to Carol. It’s my mum’s birthday on Saturday. I have no idea what to get her, she already has chocolates this week.
I think Bean is growing and changing so perhaps e won’t see them for a little while as when we do we would know the secret?
I too was thinking about Nichol. It was interesting seeing her again in Bury Your Dead as her view of the world is always quite a different one.
The phone call is a bit like “the night is a strawberry” interactions. Love it.
Will report more on the book launch after I speak to Pete again but he is at the Canadians tonight…..fitting I think.

Hi, Peg. Yes that is the call. How frustrating when it happens to me, but so funny when it is someone else.
I wondered about Nicol too. I also missed Bean. I had thought we might have a bit of info on him/her even if he/she weren’t present. No way to write such a flawless book and include all the back characters I suppose.

I’m just so pleased that Pete met Louise – the picture you sent us was amazing, Anna. I’m curious to hear what he thought of her talk, etc., and to know what she wrote to you… you must be all excited.

Well, the last half went in one gulp! I got to the point where I couldn’t not find out the next thing, it was just too hard! Finished at four this morning! (to be fair, I didn’t start until 1) Amazing and wonderful, and awful! I can’t wait to start talking about it… Paul – do you want to promote a start day and see if you get any new “takers”? Or should we just figure out among ourselves when to start? I think we need to give it a bit more time yet, of course – people have to had time to have the books mail-ordered to them, and then to read it at a normal pace, I think.

Pete met Louise! Great news.
To be honest I really doubt mosquitos but can’t find signs of anything else.
One thing about AGR, the humor was great. Especially the phone call. It reminded me of when automated calls can not understand my accent.
Petey is at vet. Seems to be gastritis. Carol’s b’day celebration will be tomorrow. Just her and Sam and me anyway. She doesn’t want us to leave Petey after we pick him up at 11:30.

Barbara, do you mean Lacoste’s phone call to the gun company? That one sounded like some of my incoming calls. People from my own state can be hard to understand, especially since so many have poor cell phone connections.

So far I haven’t seen any reference to Agent Nicol, I hope she hasn’t been forgotten.

And I love how Clara’s puppy Leo is referred to as the little lion.

Pleased about the improvement Barbara but curious about the source. Are you back to thinking mosquitos?
Computers always have a settling in phase but yay that it is there and working.
Worrying about giving things away is why I went back to reading Bury Your Dead and using it to think about AGR and Louise’s writing in general.

Excited to hear what you have to say about magic and light Julie!
Just had email from Pete from Louise’s DC book launch event. Very keen to hear all about it when it finishes.

My left arm is almost well. “Bites” appeared on my right arm over weekend. Upper arm just like left arm. I didn’t develop cellulitis this time. The itching was intense as before but I used ice packs to cool it down. No problem last night or today. Appearance is much better.
Computer up and going. Have had a few problems but always do at first.
I’d better not comment on AGR as I just know I’ll slip and put in a spoiler. I still can’t believe how it came together.

Started an answer, and then clicked the wrong thing and closed the window – silly girl. Anyway – I will continue to read at my own speed, Anna, as I don’t seem to have any others, hahaha. I am aware of speeding up as I get closer to knowing what’s happening here… the next chapter beckons far more strongly now… I think you’re right about our imaginations being better than the movies so we can construct our own villages (we can even call them “Roof Trusses” if we want – and I want to get back to that idea in awhile)… One of the things I’ve noticed more in this book than in others, though it’s there in the others, too, is the “magical” quality of Three Pines – a Brigadoon quality about it. There’s something about a place that you have to almost slow down and not care if you get anywhere to find… And something about light – don’t let me forget that when we start to discuss…
I hope your day got back on track, Anna. Can’t wait to be discussing…

I started to write about 12 hours ago and my day was interrupted. But what I was going to say…please read at exactly your own pace Julie. Ignore the rest of us who just couldn’t help but gobble the book in one sitting. We have at least a year…sadly….until the next one appears and there is plenty of time to fill with our chatter.
As much as I love the map, and I think you so much for sending it to me Julie, I have my own map of Three Pines. Isn’t that the joy of books over movies? You are free to create the world according to you.
Barbara, are you feeling better? I am glad the floods were not too bad and that the rain was more welcome than worrisome. Good luck with the new computer. I totally agree with what you said…every thread fitted, none were forced.
My thoughts today were revolving around he complexity of Louise’s characters and her exploration of the descent of ‘man’ (meaning all humans) from goodness to despair. We saw this with Jean Guy and with Gamache’s best friend. Is it greed, despair, fear, hurt or a creeping evil that destroys us? When does sadness and badness morph into evil? I think we have talked about this before but this book brings it up and I am curious again.

Ohhhh – now I feel like the odd man out because I’ve been parceling the book out a bit at a time. I’m still only a little more than halfway through – and so enjoying it! I agree, Louise is an expert craftswoman – what she has “brought round” from earlier bits and pieces, and the way she gives you just enough information to make you think but not enough to show her hand is tantalizing! I have my own way of thinking of the village, and where people live and it doesn’t jibe exactly with the map from last year… but I have it up where I can see it from my computer station and I look at it from time to time – maybe I need to add some things… I’ve seriously been thinking of coloring it again… just bits – that have been important in the book. Now I’m wondering if I need to add a few things, too…

Hi to Millie. You have been thought of every day you have been away. I’m so sorry this has been such a bad year for you. Sort of like 2010 was for me. I reached a point where I was afraid to check the obits each morning and was frightened when the phone rang.
You are so wise. You have now taught me the idea of setting a date for returning to the world. Thank you dear friend.
Welcome back and I look forward to your thoughts and insights on AGR.
I watched the weather reports to see how Hermine was affecting your area.
Good thoughts and prayers for happiness to you.

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