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The Western Alienation Merit Badge
The Western Alienation Merit Badge

The Western Alienation Merit Badge

FICTION

232 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $20.00)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781928088783

Rights: US

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd (Jun 2019)

Price: $18.00
 
 

Overview

Set in Calgary in 1982, in the wake of the recession that arrived on the heels of Canada’s 1980 National Energy Program, The Western Alienation Merit Badge tells the story of the Murray family who are struggling with grief and the very real possibility of financial ruin. After the death of her stepmother Frances Murray is called back to Calgary to help her father, Jimmy, and sister, Bernadette, make the mortgage on the family home. When Robyn, a long lost friend, becomes their house guest tensions are ignited and Jimmy, Bernadette and Frances find themselves increasingly estranged from one another.For the Murrays, history has a way of repeating itself and as each of them wrestles with their own secrets they find themselves unable to forget and unwilling to forgive one another. Part family drama, part queer coming-of-age story, The Western Alienation Merit Badge explores the dynamics of a small family falling apart.

Author Biography

Nancy Jo Cullen is the fourth recipient of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph-Humber. Her fiction and poems have appeared in The Puritan, Grain, filling Station, Plenitude, Prairie Fire, This Magazine, Room and Arc Poetry Magazine. Her short story collection, Canary, was the winner of the 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.