Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson

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The troubles that befall Watson’s characters lose their gravity when they are presented through the prism of Annie’s fussy, adolescent reveries.
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Winner of the Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.

Cadillac Couches is a picaresque road trip novel that journeys from prairie to big city and back again. A quixotic tale set in the late nineties and framed by the popular Edmonton Folk Music Festival, it follows two music-smitten twentysomething women as they search for love and purpose. Annie Jones is trying to put her big love, Sullivan, behind her and squash her demons of anxiety and compulsion. In a post-fest funk, she and her more worldly sidekick Isobel jump in Annie's 1972 Volkswagen Beetle and race across the country to Montreal where her real-life fantasy man, Hawksley Workman, is doing a gig. A year later Annie and Isobel end up back at the folk festival, this time in a much different position.

A witty first novel, Cadillac Couches is a story about finding one's holy grail in life. The book comes with its own playlist.

 

About Sophie B. Watson

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Sophie B. Watson is an award-winning freelance writer who has been published in several magazines, including Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Living Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Sustainable Times (among others). She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Alberta as well as a master's in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has been a library page, a waitress, a substitute dj, a bookseller, and, most recently, the editor of Cork University Press. Cadillac Couches is Sophie's first novel. Read more about Sophie (and her aquatic larks) on her blog at sophiebwatson.com.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Brindle & Glass Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Amirah El-Safty on Nov 30 2012

The troubles that befall Watson’s characters lose their gravity when they are presented through the prism of Annie’s fussy, adolescent reveries.

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Reviewed by Amirah El-Safty on Nov 30 2012

This potentially rich emotional terrain, however, is inadequately mined, and the reader comes away with neither many new insights nor a greater breadth of human understanding.

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