Bookmark and Share

Podcast: Trevor Cole discusses Practical Jean


Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Last week we talked to Meg Federico about Welcome to the Departure Lounge, her memoir of caring for her aging mother. This week, we go from fact to fiction and follow what happens to Jean Horemarsh after she spends months caring for her dying mother, seeing her suffer terribly with no relief in sight. Unlike Meg, who turned to writing as a way to work through her mother's death, Jean turns to...let's just say, she turns to helping others, but the help she offers is morally objectionable, to say the least.

Trevor Cole's third novel, Practical Jean, follows Jean as she comes to terms with her loss and does what she thinks is right, as twisted as it may be. Trevor joined us in the CBC Studios in Toronto to offer some insight into Jean's family and her motivations.

Trevor ColeTrevor is known for his dark, irreverent take on contemporary life and his latest tale has resonated with readers across the country. Jean is no monster: while her actions may be extreme, everyone can relate to her difficult circumstances -- she struggles to keep her family together, protect her friends from harm and cope with grief.

We're giving away two copies of Practical Jean, which was a finalist for this year's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize! To enter, listen to the podcast to find out the answer to the following question:

What occupation did Jean's mother have?

Send your answer to bookclub@cbc.ca. The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 23, at midnight ET. The winner will be drawn randomly from all the correct entries.

The complete rules and regulations can be found here.

erinmodernfamilyavatar.jpgAssociate producer Erin Balser found Practical Jean the funniest book she's read in a long time. She wonders if she should be worried about this.



Looking for your next great read? Singer/songwriter Jimmy Rankin has a suggestion.

Eleanor Wachtel's exploration of Spanish writers comes to an end. Listen to the entire five-part series.

Michael Bhardwaj and the Cookbook Club tackle the cuisine of Southeast Asia with Hot Sour Salty Sweet. Is it worth slaving over the stove for?