Knock, Turn (Paperback)
In their canal boat home, an elderly couple, long married, drift through the waterways of England, remembering their past, confronting the future, questioning the cosmos in this profound and often comic novel by the acclaimed writer Jeb Loy Nichols.
Bev and Mouse are learning how to remember. On a canal boat, a floating world, they're surrounded by past lives, memories, and unfinished business. It’s a journey not of discovery or recovery, but of temporariness, of various, unexpected doings, a journey inwards, a journey of the imperfect, the impermanent, the incomplete. Along the way, floating between what they've left and what they hope to find, they find new meanings in the small, often overlooked grains of life.
A story about the acceptance of transience, the importance of water, and the rare good fortune of finding the right person at the right time.
Jeb Loy Nichols was raised in Missouri and Texas . He studied art in New York City and for many years has lived off the grid in Wales where he writes, produces art, makes music, and plants trees. His first novel, Suzanne and Gertrude, was published by Pushcart to international praise.
He lives in rural Wales and comments: “I live here in the hills because I don’t want to be anywhere else. There are 9 million people in London, 8 million in New York, 16 million in Lagos. That’s a whole lot of people, a whole lot of neon, an army of cars, mountains of plastic, oceans of oil. That’s a whole heap of trouble right there. I’m not saying it’s better or cleaner or less trouble out here, but it’s definitely quieter. I try and be the least I can be. Bring the least disruption, the least intrusion, the smallest footprint, do the least prettifying; shut up and be still.”
— Goodreads Reviews