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Lost in September by Kathleen Winter

Finalist for The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2017


Jimmy, an ex-soldier battered by PTSD, is camping out on the streets of modern-day Montreal. While his past is an enigma, the young man bears a striking resemblance to General James Wolfe, “Hero of Quebec,” who died on the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

As a young soldier, the historical James Wolfe was granted a short leave to travel to Paris to study poetry, music and dance. But in1752, the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, and every citizen lost eleven days: September 2 was followed by September 14. These lost days happened to occur during Wolfe’s leave. He never got the chance to explore his artistic bent, and seven years later he died on the Plains of Abraham.

Now, James is getting his eleven days back . . . but instead of the salons of 18th century Paris, he’s wandering the streets of present-day Montreal and Quebec City.

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Penguin Random House/Del Rey