April 1 –April 30, 2024


One eRead Canada 2024

One eRead Canada 2024

About the Book

“A vivid love letter to the 1980s and one woman’s struggle to overcome the challenges of immigration.
It’s 1986, and Muna Heddad is in a bind. She and her son have moved to Montreal, leaving behind a civil war filled with bad memories in Lebanon. She had plans to find work as a French teacher, but no one in Quebec trusts her to teach the language. She needs to start making money, and fast. The only work Muna can find is at a weight-loss center as a hotline operator.
All day, she takes calls from people responding to ads seen in magazines or on TV. On the phone, she’s Mona, and she’s quite good at listening. These strangers all have so much to say once someone shows interest in their lives – marriages gone bad, parents dying, isolation, personal inadequacies. Even as her daily life in Canada is filled with invisible barriers at every turn, at the office Muna is privy to her clients’ deepest secrets.
Following international acclaim for Niko (2011) and The Bleeds (2018), Dimitri Nasrallah has written a vivid elegy to the 1980s, the years he first moved to Canada, bringing the era’s systemic challenges into the current moment through this deeply endearing portrait of struggle, perseverance, and bonding.”

Esplanade Books

Accessing the Book

Please check your local Public Library for available copies of the book in print or digital format.

Participating digital platforms include Cantook, CloudLibrary, Hoopla, Overdrive and Prêt numérique.

We are grateful that this year’s publishers Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint of Véhicule Press and Les Éditions La Peuplade have created accessible eBooks so more people in Canada can join in the program.  If you require a different accessible format for people with print disabilities, please check out CELA or NNELS.