Helen, alias "Joe," would rather be a boy and have all kinds of adventures like Lady Oscar, her favourite cartoon heroine. She daydreams about living in another time and achieving great things, but she must be content delivering newspapers and working at the bingo hall. After all, she is only eight years old, even though she claims to be ten.
When Roger, an old man who drinks like a fish, swears like a sailor, and dreams about dying, moves into the working-class neighbourhood where Helen lives with her family, the two make uneasy acquaintances. But, after a series of scary and disturbing events, an unlikely friendship develops — one that changes them both forever.
A stunning debut novel in the spirit of The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews, Mister Roger and Me perfectly captures the irony, innocence, heartbreak, and humour of childhood.
Marie-Renée Lavoie was born in 1974 in Limoilou near Quebec City. She holds an MA in literature from Laval University. La petite et le vieux, her debut novel, was published in Quebec in 2010 and won Radio-Canada's "Battle of the Books" and the Archambault prize. She currently teaches literature at Maisonneuve College in Montreal.