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Linebound

“Linebound” is an old Eastern Townships word referring to those who have been banned from crossing the nearby border between Quebec and Vermont. Peter Turner’s novel is the story of a country lawyer navigating the borderlands of life.

Charlie England, an Anglo born in 1975 on his family’s 200-year old Eastern Townships farm, rides both sides of the line between English and French culture, the vividness of life and bleakness of death, and the profound changes from a centuries old way of life to a world with no apparent regard for what it has lost.

With humour, humility, and honesty, we trace Charlie’s path between harsh and hilarious early lessons in farm and country life to football scholarships and heartache at Laval. His story is punctuated by absurd but uniquely human legal cases threaded through a married life that rolls through valleys of passion then isolation. Linebound is the story of a man between a moment of social, cultural, and personal upheaval, and the messy space of difference and tolerance that is vital to making it all work.

".. ribald, hilarious, and perceptive. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the "Two Solitudes" of Quebec."

- Jefferson Lewis

"Cette excellente saga éclaire et ouvre des portes. A lire."

  • Robert Toupin

Copyright Peter Turner, 29 October, 2020

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Linebound Reader Comments

“A super book.. Buy this book. If you don’t like it, Peter will compensate you in a way to be negotiated.”
John Ayllen

“I very much enjoyed Linebound. The characters and the whole story felt very real and so much of it felt familiar. It provided a unique view on the contrasts and challenges between cultures and classes, with a real of humanity that was bittersweet and sad in places, while outrageous, hilariously funny and ribald in many other. I laughed aloud on a quite a few occasions.”
Charles Crawford

“A great read ..but also a deep sensitivity that affects us all. At the end I just wanted to give Charlie a big hug. “
Roger De La Mare

“I’m almost through Linebound and am loving it. Well done you. It’s a brilliant book. I’m sure you must have sweat blood birthing it. I’m awfully glad you didn’t give up.”
Jane MacTavish (Ottawa)

“I really had a hard time putting it down and enjoyed reading it. It brought back many old memories – especially as Suzanne (my wife) who is a Francophone from Quebec City. Now we are living in Vermont and you hit it right on regarding the French/English and now U.S. family issues.”
Steve Selby (Vermont)

“A great read.”
Bruce Stevenson (North Hatley)

“I feel like you’ve given us a kind of verbal rubiks cube – an amazingly intricate. wonderfully simple account of exactly how we are – informed by patterns from the gods. Plus, the heartbeat of the book pulses with the confidence that as we twist and turn through our lives (and the chapters) the answer we need is always right there in our hands And that says nothing about the greater wonder of how you got to be able to give us this wonder.”
Colin Starnes (Luneburg NS)

“You are an excellent and observant writer, and I enjoyed it very much. I hope you plan another novel.”
Peter G White

“À la fois hilarant et profond — dramatique même —, le livre de Peter Turner est le livre d’un écrivain authentique. Il met en scène une foule de personnages pittoresques, et la truculence de l’écriture est parfois rabelaisienne. Rien de moins. À travers anecdotes, aventures et situations improbables, Linebound est une méditation sur la condition de l’Anglais dans des Cantons-de-l’Est qu’il ne reconnaît plus comme étant sa patrie. Un livre à lire absolument pour quiconque s’interroge sur les Deux Solitudes — ou pour quiconque a envie de lire un roman formidable, écrit de main de maître.”
– Michel Rudel-Tessier

“Tu as su capter merveilleusement bien, et avec humour, les drames et les joies de ces fiers descendants de loyalistes et de ces nouveaux arrivants qui viennent brasser quelque peu la sauce. L’énergie de Charlie est centrale et tes descriptions de ses déchirements sont tout à fait saisissantes. L’action est étonnante, les conflits culturels et personnels parfaitement décrits.”
– Robert Alain

“Globalement, je le répète, ton livre est excellent. Très bonne présentation de la dualité québécoise. Tu as une aptitude exceptionnelle à observer les gens et les lieux, à les décrire, à les faire vivre et à traduire leurs émotions avec beaucoup de sensibilité. Très beau chapitre 16!”
– Jacques Meunier

“A pleasure to read. It’s a lot of things, the characters are great…and hard to beat as an insider’s portrait of Anglo-Franglo life in the southern townships, and of a traditional way of life that’s struggling to survive. Some of it rang bells on account of our own family links to Lacolle and the southwestern counties, not so far away and not so different.”
– Alan Willis (Ottawa)

“Cher Peter,
Je viens de terminer Linebound et je suis profondément remuée. J’ai été captivée par le portrait sensible et profond que tu dresses de nos Cantons de l’Est, par la galerie de personnages truculents et la coexistence des univers culturels dont l’un semble émerger et l’autre décliner. Tout au long, j’ai été touchée par l’attachant et imparfait personnage de Charlie England, balloté entre deux pôles. Ses amours déchirées, ses poignants conflits de loyauté. Avec une apparente légèreté, tu nous fais plonger avec lui dans une véritable tragédie dont il est impossible de sortir indemne. C’est un magnifique roman.”
– Danielle Dansereau – Screenwriter