Cover Illustration by Stéphane Lemardelé
“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.
Cette excellente saga éclaire et ouvre des portes. A lire.
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Copyright Peter Turner, 29 October, 2020
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