By Kevin Patterson
A classic stories Book.
Graduating from highschool in a small Canadian city, you're instantly confronted with stark offerings: depart or remain. Country of Cold follows the tales of a disparate team of Dunsmuir, Manitoba’s type of 1980, so much of whom go away, imagining that lifestyles occurs in other places. They flee to the liberty of the large towns of the area and the some distance corners of Canada, yet many turn out feeling rootless and by myself, even if as a doctor in an Arctic Inuit group, a short lived boyfriend in Paris, or a scholar within the McGill Ghetto. The characters try to get to the bottom of the most unlikely puzzles of maturity -- trying to find solutions via hurtling over falls in a barrel, construction a ship to flee a teen-daughter-gone-bad, or embarking on an not going affair with a two-bit wrestler.
Kevin Patterson gained foreign accolades for his splendidly saw and relocating memoir, The Water in Between. This fiction debut confirms him as a massive new literary talent.
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