Sean Arthur Joyce | Mountain Blues a Novel
Tuesday, June 5 | 7 pm | Centre 64 Gallery
Meet & Greet the Author at the Kimberley Public Library between 3 and 5 pm
Mountain Blues is the story of a small village in the Valhalla mountains that must struggle to save its emergency ward from government cutbacks. When reporter Roy Breen arrives in little Eldorado after 15 years working at a big city newspaper, burnt out and ready for a slower pace of life, he is soon pitched into the town’s crisis. He must decide whether to blur the lines between his role as an objective observer and an activist, knowing that closure of the village’s ER could mean the end of the community. Along the way he meets the many wild, wacky and sometimes just plain weird characters that inhabit Eldorado and its surrounding communities. There’s the guitar-playing hippie mayor, a Rastfarian sage and eccentric, an older Métis woman sage and a young woman activist named Rosanna who organizes the campaign to save the hospital, among others—some of them annoying but all of them endearing in their own way.
The book has been described as in a similar vein to Stephen Leacock’s classic Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. “Joyce has written the kind of novel that makes you want to locate his ideal community and move there immediately,” observes renowned Canadian poet and author Gary Geddes. “He brings a unique toolbox of writing skills to bear in Mountain Blues that makes for crisp, lyrical prose, an engaging narrative, memorable characters, including an emotionally articulate cat, and a lightness of touch that is as surprising as it is delightful.”