By Benoît Trottier
Une jeune femme modeste, privée d'émotions, se met soudain à découvrir les rêves qui l'habitent... Un homme maladivement anxieux discover l. a. liberté dans les souterrains d'un ghetto noir... Une icône du cinéma développe un plan machiavélique pour assurer sa popularité posthume...
Des nouvelles de Pickton Vale regroupe sept histoires vives et graves, écrites dans un souffle, comme s'il fallait profiter de los angeles vie dès maintenant, au greatest. De l'une à l'autre, on réalise que l. a. plupart des protagonistes se connaissent. Qu'ils s'évitent. Que tous se fuient eux-mêmes, mais que le village de Pickton Vale les rattrape et leur rappelle ce qu'ils sont. Inexorablement.
Trait d'union des sept nouvelles qui constituent ce recueil, Pickton Vale est le théâtre d'une transformation chez autant de personnages. Qu'on le quitte, qu'on y arrive ou qu'on en revienne, ce bled perdu est le témoin bien involontaire d'un second charnière dans l. a. vie de ces hommes et de ces femmes en quête de perfection.
Habités par une peur irraisonnée de l'échec, ceux-ci se veulent à los angeles fois inattaquables, irréprochables et admirables.
S'ensuit une lutte contre eux-mêmes, contre les autres, contre les tempêtes de neige qui ne cessent de s'abattre et contre le petit village de Pickton Vale, cette snapshot de l'enfance, qui les hante, qu'ils repoussent et qui les dresses tout à los angeles fois.
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