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Botanist Alfred Homer, ever hopeful and constantly surprised, is invited on a road trip by his parents’ friend, Professor Morgan Bruno, who wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious poet John Skennen. But this is no ordinary road trip. Alfred and the Professor encounter towns where Black residents speak only in sign language and towns that hold indigenous parades; it is a land of house burnings, werewolves, and witches. 

Days by Moonlight is a Dantesque journey taken during the “hour of the wolf”, that time of day when the sun is setting and the traveller can’t tell the difference between dog and wolf. And it asks that perpetual question: how do we know the things we know are real, and what is real anyway?

©2019 André Alexis (P)2019 Coach House Books

What the critics say

“Alexis handles the material with a skill and adroitness readers have come to expect from him, along with a subtextual complexity that belies the straightforwardness of the surface narrative.” (Toronto Star)

“A great novel doesn’t try to answer questions, but, like Days by Moonlight, complicates them. It’s for the reader to puzzle over.” (The Globe and Mail

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Andre Alexis is a national treasure

The perfect summer read for anyone who imagines the lives of the people in small towns along Ontario’s highways.

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Lovely twist

This sleepy easy intriguing story is much like a relaxing summer drive both surprises along the way. Loved it.

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Found it hard to get into the story

I really wanted to enjoy this book and I was rooting for it because it was by a Canadian author and the story takes place in Canada. The first chapter was long and I don't find the main character very interesting. I struggled through chapter one and gave up at the beginning of chapter two. I felt there were a lot of other books I could be spending my time reading.