The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him. (From Oneworld Publications)
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman precedes The Postman's Fiancée. Both novellas were translated into English and released in 2017.
Swirling like water
against rugged rocks,
time goes around and around
Beech Street, rue des Hetres, was for the most part lined with maples. Glancing down the road, one saw a double row of four-or-five storey apartment buildings, with outside staircases providing access to the upper floors. The street had 115 of those staircases, which added up to 1,495 steps. Bilodo knew this because he had counted and re-counted them, since he climbed every one of those stairs every single morning.
From The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault, ©2017. Published by Oneworld Publications.