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Progress

by Michael V. Smith

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In the lonely years following the death of her fiancé, Helen is unable to move on with her life. But life itself is moving on around her — literally: the building of a dam is forcing her small town and her family home — to relocate.

 

But the construction project means more than the loss of a home. Helen’s brother, Robbie, who disappeared without a trace many years earlier, suddenly resurfaces. As he re-enters his sister’s life, he reveals the secret of why he left in the first place: a secret that tore their family apart, and affected Helen’s life in more ways than she ever realized.

 

The second novel by Michael V. Smith, Progress is a stirring story of lives lost and found.

About the Author
Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith is the author of the memoir My Body Is Yours, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers from the Writers Trust of Canada for his first novel, Cumberland. He's since published two poetry books and a second novel, Progress. An improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, and occasional clown, Smith investigates notions of community and belonging, especially as relating to sexuality, gender, class, and identity. He teaches creative writing in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC.

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Awards
  • Winner, One Book UBCO
Editorial Reviews

“An epic Canadian novel … [a] can’t-put-it-down read.”

— fab Magazine

“Smith has a ton of talent, and the story carries a huge emotional charge.”

— Now Magazine

“A moving account of the difficulty of transformation and the anxious soul-searching that often accompanies personal evolution.”

— Xtra!

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Truth and the prodigal son

The drama in Michael V. Smith's character-based novel Progress takes place over the course of just one week. A woman happens to witness the accidental death of a construction worker on a hydroelectric project. Helen Massey lives in a community that is in the process of being moved to a new location, before the new dam floods the area. Shaken by what she has seen, Helen arrives home to find her brother Robert waiting. He left home abruptly, 15 years earlier, and no one has heard from him since. Helen isn't surprised to learn that Robert is gay, but he holds deeper secrets. Truth must come to the surface before their lives can move forward.

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