“Tim Castano’s Quebec is an introspective, melancholy, and joyous journey through the benthic depths of quotidian life. Castano’s narrator is hollowed out from a recent divorce and his mother’s failing health. He is unable to cope, but continues to strive and struggle. The hopeful moments and reprieves found in a song or amusing thought give way to sorrows so big they threaten to swallow him whole. The complex emotional landscape of Quebec shows how loss, acceptance, defeat, and redemption come by turns on a continuum. Despite the stark subject matter, Castano paints with bright brilliant colors. Quebec is a wonderful place to explore; sad, satisfying, and funny. It is an astounding work.”
— Tim Waldron, Associate Editor, The Literary Review
“Uniquely styled and beautifully human, this book takes you on a painful, humorous, intensely personal journey. It breaks your heart along the way, then ultimately puts it back together, stronger than ever.”
— Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business
"Castano writes with self-deprecating humor and traverses themes of family, sorrow, guilt, regret, hope, resilience, faith, understanding, and devotion. He skillfully balances the range of emotions and sometimes seemingly random musings associated with the pain of divorce and the grief related to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease."
— Online Bookclub (Read full review here: https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=147710)
About the Author
Tim Castano has worked in domestic and international policy. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in public policy from Rutgers University, as well as undergraduate degrees from Villanova University.