Audiobooks Border Markers –

After The Accidental Death Of A High School Aged Friend, The Lansing Family Has Split Along Fault Lines Previously Hidden Under A Patina Of Suburban Banality Every Family S Got Secrets, But For The Lansings Those Secrets End Up Propelling Them Away From The Border Town Of Lloydminster To Foreign Shores, Prison, And BeyondTold Via Thirty Three Flash Fiction Narratives, Fractured Like The Psyches Of Its Characters, Border Markers Is A Collection With Keen Edges And Tough Language It S A Slice Of Prairie Noir That Straddles The Line Between Magic And Gritty Realism Recalling Tania Hershman S The White Road And Other Stories, As Well As Robert Oren Butler S Severance, Jenny Ferguson S Debut Is An Essential Collection Of Commonplace Tragedies And The Ghosts Of Failures Past Border Markers is a collection of hauntingly vivid bite sized stories unraveling the lives of a family impacted by tragedy and the community which served as its backdrop Jenny Ferguson s debut novel written in flash fiction is rich in dialogue and engaging characters I enjoyed how the novel is crafted by the point of view of different characters I was drawn to their stories The book left me with a sense of how misfortune need not lead to hopelessness. A well written, quick read Although it is fictional, this book was particularly nostalgic as it is set in my hometown The author does a good job of capturing the darker side of prairie life, and living in an oilfield town The only downside for me was that I wanted to read The book left me wanting to learn about the characters and how their stories end. Border Markers traces the descent of the Lansing family in the wake of a tragedy with perfect economy and precision Details are everything in Flash fiction, and Ferguson gets all the details right from the son in prison waiting impatiently for the reading cart full of cast off books from the Edmonton public library, to the pregnant girl working the drive through window of Tim Hortons Beautifully rendered characters, and an immersive read I couldn t put it down. I devoured Border Markers in one delicious sitting A haunting story told through multiple points of view in flash fiction chapters, this one reveals its mysteries to the reader bit by bit I wasn t ready for it to end