Best-selling novel set in the Plateau Montreal during the 1995 Referendum.
Myra, an activist single mother of two teenagers, sorts out her commitment to Quebec while struggling to make the next great leap in her life.
Jump is charming and witty, stylish and anxious, a clever portrait of the endless crise identité that is life in Montreal.
An authoritative and engaging dispatch from Quebec’s unique crucible of the personal and the political.
Ackerman’s Jump has an acerbic wit that will make Montrealers squirm, nod knowingly and laugh out loud.
A spirited family romp [that] commands the reader to follow it through to the end
[Ackerman] has created sympathetic, troubled, interesting characters, just the sort whose hearts propel the city’s pulse.
Matters Of Hart
Montreal, Mile End, a surprise 50th birthday thrown for money manager Hart Granger by his ex-wife Sandrine. Late in the party, a stranger knocks on the door, presenting himself as Hart’s half-brother, a child his mother gave up for adoption at 17. A story of brotherhood and redemption. Hart’s story is told through five short stories with women in his life as the main characters. Then his diary, followed by a surprising climax, told in third person.
As she did in her first novel, Jump, Marianne Ackerman reminds us that timing – in art as in life – is very often everything. As a literary device, it is the spark that drives her new novel forward with a tabloid cockieness that commands the reader to follow it through to the end.
With a plethora of unexpected twists and turns, Matters of Hart is an entirely captivating and original exploration of one man’s renewal of spirit and home. … a thoroughly enjoyable novel, difficult to put down once you start reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who yearns to escape the confines of their life or just wishes to be entertained by crisp, meaty prose and a juicy story.
a beautifully written, deftly plotted and ironically touched novel. I consumed it in one sitting. Still, it’s the kind of read that makes you stop, put down the book, and get up and walk around muttering ‘bowser’!
Avignon, France. Thriller writer Piers Le Gris is living a comfortable life of exile under the care of his doting landlady, Nelly Reboul, until her beautiful young niece moves into the ancient mansion. Magalie’s vitality, curiosity and tempestuous lovelife draw all three into perilous intrigue.
Nelly is forced to confront a love affair from her past. Piers finds himself entangled in the crosscurrents of desire, swept up in the lives of compelling women. A potent clash of spirit and flesh, this is a tale of love and redemption.
What Ackerman does so well in this novel is create dynamic characters we can care about, without losing any of the subtlety of the narrative. The way each of the narrative strands is woven together is deftly accomplished. The war-time past and subsequent disappointment of Nelly, the tempestuous entanglement of Magali and Mouloud, and Piers’ stumbling about in the no man’s land between his monk-like existence as a writer and the unwritten world that he is forced to interact with, all come together in an original and strange ending that relates desire and its aftermath to something like grace.
The writing broods, contemplates, philosophizes. It reminisces. Ackerman has managed, with relatively few words, to create a story that is simultaneously dreamlike, with frequent (sometimes jarring) shifts in perspective to keep the reader alert. Gothic in mood. Dark obsessions and unresolved feeling preside here.
Past and present narratives often weave together beautifully, with themes that echo through the years, of the choices of youth and the repercussions in later years. … breathtaking moments of authenticity.
charming and romantic – an evocative read.