By Norm Sibum
A MILLIONS.COM such a lot expected booklet OF 2013
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“Norm Sibum isn't really everyone's cup of tea ... rather than respiring air he inhales the exhaust of apocalyptic times.”—Books in Canada
A position: the Traymore Rooms, downtown Montreal, an previous walk-up. those that dwell there and drink on the within reach café shape the center of Traymorean society. Their quantity comprises: Eggy, red-faced, West Virginian, a veteran of Korea; Eleanor R (not Eleanor Roosevelt); Dubois, French Canadian, optimist; Moonface, waitress-cum-Latin-scholar and sexpot inexpert; and, such a lot lately, our hero Calhoun. A draft dodger and poetical type.
For a time all is life-as-usual: Calhoun argues with Eggy and Dubois, eats Eleanor’s cobblers, gossips of Moonface, muses on Virgil and the present President. With the arriving of a newcomer to Traymore, even though, Calhoun’s techniques develop fixated and darkish. He involves think within the truth of evil. This lady breaks no legislation and she or he inflicts no actual harm—yet for the voters of Traymore, ex-pats and philosophers all, her presence turns into a vortex that pulls them toward the the USA they dread.
Intelligent and frighteningly absurd, with a voice as nimble as Gass’s and satire that pierces like Wallace’s, The Traymore Roomsis a sustained howl opposed to libertarianism below George W. Bush.
Norm Sibum has been writing and publishing poetry for over thirty years. Born in Oberammergau in 1947, he grew up in Germany, Alaska, Utah, and Washington prior to relocating to Vancouver in 1968. The Traymore Rooms is his first novel.