William Alexander loves the French language, the music and landscape of France, French food, French history, French politics; in fact he loves everything about France. At the advanced age of 57 he decides to overcome his horrible memories of Madame D., his high school French teacher, and attempts to become fluent in French over the period of thirteen months.
I felt as though I read this book from a distance. I watched this heartfelt story play out from across the broad and dusty farmlands of Saskatchewan and through the dense Canadian wilderness. Early on, this story casts a spell. 83 year-old Etta sets off on a cross-country walk with the mere goal of seeing the ocean. She leaves behind her husband Otto to bide his time until she returns, if in fact she remembers to return. The novel unfolds the couple's history, binding them through letters, sent and unsent.