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Publisher's Summary

A number-one Indie best seller and a Canadian best seller for 22 weeks, the brilliant latest novel from one of Canada’s foremost authors

Inspired by a handful of postcards sent nearly a hundred years ago, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace long-lost uncle Leroy and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe.

“I’m sweaty and sticky. My ears are still popping from the descent into Vaclav Havel. My sinuses ache. My stomach is upset. My mouth is a sewer. I roll over and bury my face in a pillow. Mimi snuggles down beside me with no regard for my distress.

‘My god,’ she whispers, ‘can it get any better?’

By turns witty, sly, and poignant, this is the unforgettable tale of one couple’s holiday in Europe, where their wanderings through its famous capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political. 

©2020 Thomas King (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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FANTASTIC

I listened to this every moment I could get, finished it a couple of days ago. I miss Bird and Mimi already!

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Amusing Story Humorous and Serious

I love that thos book deals with mental health struggles in such a creative way. Really inspirational learning how main character deals with these issues. Characters have depth and narrator does a great job of telling the story. I highly recommend!

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Another one!!

The only thing I was disappointed with was that it ended! Thomas King is my favourite author and I loved his latest book. It was funny, made me laugh, very relevant, relatable, made me sad and gave me hope. Loved the characters and the demons! Only question is when does the next one come out!!!

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Wonderful read

Laugh out loud Funny, poignant, weaved together beautifully, Descriptive but not wordy. Highly recommend

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Funny and Real

This was a great book. It was light, funny and the characters reminded me of very real people- myself at times! It is a relaxing and entertaining novel.

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Witty, excellent presentation

dry humor, authentic characters, captures my generation's angst (68 now), laughter and travel intrigue too

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Differences and samenesses

Aging, coupledom, travel, identity formation and identity politics. indigeneity made obvious and so subtle at the same time. King, as usual, is the Trickster. laugh, cry, squirm.

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Witty Travelogue with a Canadian Twist

I enjoyed the Canadian perspective on this journey to Prague. After thoroughly enjoying the booklet, the only unexpected disappointment was the abrupt ending.

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Hanging out with Thomas King

Thomas King is probably my favourite author. I love his poetry, the way he writes dialogue, and his actions scenes. Whereas other authors may make you feel as if you are sitting down and watching them paint a mural, I always feel like reading a Thomas King book is kind of like you are sitting down and having breakfast together.

That's my favourite part about the book - it feels like you are just spending time with friends. Bird and Mimi are really endearing and I love their love. I also enjoyed the demons that follow Bird around - ostentatious, maybe, but it feels like an accurate description of what depression is actually like. And boy, nothing stirs up depression like a holiday.

So, they're in Prague. Here's the part I liked less: I could have done without all the details of every tourist attraction in Prague. While many contributed to the overall story/lessons about valour and bravery, cowardice and justice, many felt like fluff. That's okay though. As I said, we're just hanging out.

It also took me a while to warm up to the narrator. I wouldn't say he blew me out of the water but I think no one can read King aloud like King can.

I loved how the book made me think about justice, entitlement, helplessness, and love. I laughed out loud, even cried once (people say that all the time, but it rarely happens to me). Would recommend and already have.

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Right Book Wrong Narrator

Have always enjoyed the works of Thomas King but unfortunately this story was lost amidst a mediocre narration. I would have preferred to have this book read by someone more like Jasper Friendly Bear.