Breakfast at the Exit Cafe by Wayne Grady
: Travels Through America

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What begins as a road trip through America soon becomes a journey of discovery into themselves and into the heart of the next-door neighbour they thought they knew. For Wayne Grady, the thrill of landscape and history is tempered by memories of racism and his own family roots. Merilyn Simonds, her ear tuned for the offbeat, finds curious echoes of the ex-pat promised land she grew up with. Together they travel against the tide of American history, following in the literary tire tracks of John Steinbeck, William Least Heat Moon, and Francis Trollope.

Grady and Simonds experience the splendors of the Mojave Desert, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, and the bayou’s of Louisiana and the Outer Banks and contemplate the impact of geography on culture and of culture on landscape. They observe America from the outside, yet feel strangely at home.

Part travelogue, part exploration, part mid-winter love story told with wit and acuity by one of Canada’s most engaging literary couples, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe is a journey into the reality behind the cultural myth that is America.

About Wayne Grady

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Wayne Grady was born in 1948 in Windsor, Ontario. He attended Carleton University where he earned a B.A. in English. He is a freelance magazine writer and author of several books. He is the former editor of Harrowsmith magazine. He has also translated several French novels into English. He has been shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and the Governor General's Award for Translation, for Black Squirrel, by Daniel Poliquin. He received the Governor General's Award for Translation, for On the Eighth Day, by Antoine Maillet and John Glassco Prize for Literary Translation, for Christopher Cartier of Hazelnut, by Antoine Maillet. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Published September 25, 2010 by Greystone Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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armed against America’s all-pervasive influence in Canada, its aggressive culture and lack of interest in things Canadian, the couple, recording their thoughts in alternating POVs, are mostly confirmed in their views of America’s “fakery,” though they are pleasantly surprised from time to...

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When driving cross-country through the United States, there are certain literary travel books that should be read beforehand or, even better, accompany you on the trip.

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I can’t wait for the private time those trips allow me, yet I rarely carve out that solitary space for myself.” This honesty permeates the narrative and allows Simonds to seamlessly expose the relationship between America and Canada through her own.

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