After the accidental death of a high school-aged friend, the Lansing family has split along fault lines previously hidden under a patina of suburban banality. Every family's got secrets, but for the Lansings those secrets end up propelling them away from the border town of Lloydminster to foreign shores, prison, and beyond.
Told via thirty-three flash fiction narratives, fractured like the psyches of its characters, Border Markers is a collection with keen edges and tough language. It's a slice of prairie noir that straddles the line between magic and gritty realism. Recalling Tania Hershman's The White Road and Other Stories, as well as Robert Oren Butler's Severance, Jenny Ferguson's debut is an essential collection of commonplace tragedies and the ghosts of failures past.
Praise for Border Markers:
"In these subtle stories, what is left out carries more weight than what is stated. The delicate structuring and balance of the flash fiction can be upset by removing a sentence.... Ferguson knows how to craft flash fiction, and, in the end, her stories become a novella told from many perspectives."
~ Ava Homa, Herizons
"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
"Turning the pages of Ferguson's terrific first book is a clue-finding mission that leaves the reader wanting more."
~ Rebecca Geleyn, The Fiddlehead
"This is a quick yet emotional read--a look at a place full of people that stay with you long after you've read it."
~ Suzanne Baltsar, Bookish