I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher.
No doubt, we have all been vaulted in a new reality. Overnight, as we go through the current crisis that has us all pushed into an era of ‘social-isolationism’ and ‘economic uncertainty.’ We all sit alone at times pondering our previous existence and wondering how our future will look. But people have been in this situation before, dealing with both the fear and the absurdity of a tense unknown that is beyond their control or understanding. Just like the citizens of the county of *** that Jean-Michel Fortier documents in the novel The Electric Baths.
Long, white, jagged flashes of lightning zigzagged in the sky. At Spencer Wood, Sarah Rosenberg couldn’t sleep, terrorized by the lightning and rain, a troubling combination that evoked in her mind all the bizarreness of the electric baths, of what was slumbering two storeys below, beneath her feet, and that would perhaps awake, would certainly awake, if the thunder rumbled any louder.
Fortier has written an interesting read here. The citizens of this community are dealing with an uncanny series of events and emotions that are puzzling and in many cases hard to define. In the midst of this confusion, there is the return of Louise Beurre – or “Louisa Louis” as she was called on stage. After 13 years abroad, she has come back with stories of stages and spotlights and lost loves. But no one is eager to listen or believe her.
This is a book that should not be rushed through. There are subtle situations and play-on words that provide with brilliant “a-ha” moments to readers who are interested in the human condition and – even more – human thoughts and the human mind. A complex read yet one that is unique.
But, most of all Jean-Michel Fortier’s The Electric Baths, is certainly one read for our times.