TITLE: Border Markers
AUTHOR: Jenny Ferguson
PUBLISHER: NeWest Press
PUBLICATION DATE: Expected in Fall 2016
About the Book . . .
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 beyond.
Told 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.
Montréal-born Jenny Ferguson is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives in a log cabin (without an internet connection) and names her pets after (dead) American presidents. She holds a PhD in English from the University of South Dakota. She’s also a first year Pitch Wars mentor, and a former mentee (class of 2015). Border Markers, her debut novel, will be available September 2016 from NeWest Press.