After the accidental death of a teenaged friend, the Lansing family has split along fault lines previously hidden under a patina of suburban banality. Every family has secrets, but for the Lansings those secrets end up propelling them in different directions away from their border town to foreign shores and to prison.
Told in thirty-three flash fiction narratives, Border Markers is fractured like the psyches of its characters, all keen edges and tough language. It’s a slice of prairie noir that straddles the line between magical and gritty realism. Jenny Ferguson’s debut is a compelling collection of commonplace tragedies and surprising insights.
Praise for Border Markers
"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
"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