Author Rachel Joyce talks to Chatelaine about her novel about a man who one day sets off on an entirely unexpected journey to help a friend dying of cancer. The novel, Joyce’s first, has its roots in her background as a writer of radio plays. She discusses how that career informed the novel, how her father – and others – shaped the character of Harold, and how she balances a busy life as a mother of four children with her writing.
Alex, Lora and I discuss what a revelation Rachel Joyce’s debut novel is. This unassuming story has immense emotional weight without being melodramatic, and left us in tears at the end – something we weren’t quite expecting when we began reading it.