Marianne Ihlen met a handsome Canadian poet in the spring of 1960. Her husband Axel
Jensen had just left her for another woman, and she was alone on the Greek island of Hydra
with her baby boy, Axel Joachim, just a few months old.
Marianne and Leonard would start a relationship that would last for a decade, and a
friendship that was for life.
In the autumn of 1961, after being apart for a few months, Marianne travelled to Montreal
with little Axel to live with Leonard. In Montreal, staying in bed with the flu, she wrote a
short novel: “My grandmother´s house”, hand-written on yellow paper.