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Border Markers and Things You've Inherited from Your Mother

Jenny Ferguson and Hollie Adams Book Bundle 5 - Border Markers and Things You've Inherited from Your Mother | 290 Pages December, 2017 2017 Holiday Book Bundles

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About Border Markers

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE COVER DESIGN AWARD AT THE 2017 ALBERTA BOOK PUBLISHING AWARDS!

After the accidental death of a teenaged friend, the Lansing family has split along fault lines previously hidden under a patina of suburban banality. Every family has secrets, but for the Lansings those secrets end up propelling them in different directions away from their border town to foreign shores and to prison.

Told in thirty-three flash fiction narratives, Border Markers is fractured like the psyches of its characters, all keen edges and tough language. It’s a slice of prairie noir that straddles the line between magical and gritty realism. Jenny Ferguson’s debut is a compelling collection of commonplace tragedies and surprising insights.

"Ferguson is a master of short form... [Border Markers is] the kind of book you instantly want to re-read." ~ Will J. Fawley, The Winnipeg Review

About Things You've Inherited from Your Mother

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE COVER DESIGN AWARD AT THE 2016 ALBERTA BOOK PUBLISHING AWARDS!

Everyone deals with grief in their own personal way. Take Carrie, for example. To get over her mother’s death from ovarian cancer, she launches a passive-aggressive war with her fellow office workers, embarks on a campaign designed to let her ex-husband know she’s over him (which naturally only pushes her teenage daughter farther away), and plots to rid herself of her mother’s overweight cat, all the while consuming heroic quantities of red wine, spiked coffee, and coffin nails. Nobody’s perfect.

Situated at the midpoint between booze-soaked mayhem and middle-aged ennui, Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is a riotous assemblage of found objects, Choose Your Own Adventure-style in-jokes and useful facts about mice. In her startlingly funny first novel, Hollie Adams takes the conventional wisdom about “likeable” literary heroines and shoves it down an elevator shaft.

"Hollie Adams has boldly tossed most first-novel conventions out the window." ~ Traci Skuce, The Coastal Spectator