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Mind the Gap

Evidentia Originals, Book 1
Narrated by: George Tombs
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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“Some people call me by the nickname "Dick", especially when things are going badly, but I just hate that nickname. So, if you don’t know what to call me, don’t call me at all”.

Fighting against incredible odds, Richard Grey’s life from the age of seven is an epic struggle against the eccentric behavior of people and cats around him, whether at home, at school or in the outside world. 

In this coming-of-age novel, listeners embark on a moving journey, witnessing Richard’s best, heart-felt attempts to survive everyday life. Listeners meet a cast of colorful, off-the-wall characters, discovering how Richard gets through university and becomes a journalist, while searching all the while for true love.

©2019 George Tombs (P)2019 George Tombs

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A LOVE LETTER TO QUÉBEC:

A coming of age story set, for the most part, in Montreal, Mind the Gap (2019), the author’s debut novel, slides in and out of dramatic comedy, Künstlerroman, and magical realism—delightfully defying definition. Tombs seems to respect the borders between genres about as much as snow geese respect those between nation states.

Much as the garden snail lives in a shell of its own creation which shields it from a dangerous world, Richard Grey, the novel’s dreamy protagonist, lives in an imaginary world of his own creation which shields him, for the most part, from the worst ravages of a deeply dysfunctional family and decidedly traumatic childhood. But as is so often the case, the fortress that protects him as a child becomes a prison that restricts him as a man. To find true love with Chloé, he must transcend his tendency towards idealization and learn how to relate to a woman, not as a screen upon which to project his fears and fantasies, but as a flesh-and-blood human being, beautifully flawed and altogether real.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given his romantic temperament, Richard decides rather early on in life that he wants to be a writer. He drifts into journalism whilst still an undergraduate at McGill, where his considerable powers of imagination, and preternatural ability to paint with words, render him, before long, a much sought after foreign correspondent.

Wealthy propagandists on either side of Québec’s linguistic divide are quick to spot Richard’s talents. Both try to recruit him, but he will not be used by either. A bilingual young man who lives in both of the two solitudes, Richard refuses to pick a side. The worldviews of the Westmount Rhodesians and the Québécois separatists are both, to his mind, cramped and claustrophobic, limited and limiting. He chooses, instead, animistic connection to the place itself: to the Saint Lawrence River and the birds. And in so doing, he finds what he was looking for all along.