A Game to Play on the Tracks

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2003 - Fiction - 245 pages

"A Game to Play on the Tracks" is the story of booze-loose and too-smart singer, Arden, and her failed return to the life of country music and the British Columbia bar scene. She has a new baby, some unhealed hurts, and a husband, Nichol, who is stuck in boyhood and thinks and talks in bad poems. Arden doesn't survive the road, and the story belongs then to Nichol and Roy the Boy, those left behind to search the west coast for a good home, a good life, a meaningful history. Without Arden, Nichol tries a series of goofed-up love affairs and real estate blunders, and Roy grows up questioning a fallen pastoral world that isn't always kind to children, haunted by his long-gone mother and her big-city tunes.



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Why Do We Get a Headache in a Crowded Room?
What Is the Cause of Quicksand?
Why Do We Forget What Happened When We Were Babies?
Where Does All the Bad Air in the World Go?
Why Does a Noise Break a Window?
Does the Smoke of a Train Go the Opposite Way to the Train? III
Do Fishes Close Their Eyes and Sleep under Water?
Is It Good to Have to Work?
What Does the Pattern in a Brick Wall Mean?
What Do the Poets Mean By Arcady?
Why Is Concrete Used for Building Purposes?
What Does Birthright Mean?
Is It True That Children Will Rule the World?

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About the author (2003)

Lorna Jackson spent nine years as a musician on the bar circuit in British Columbia before settling on Southern Vancouver Island. She has been a columnist for Quill and Quire magazine, a contributor to the Georgia Straight, and serves on the editorial board of Malahat Review. She is the author of the acclaimed story collection, Dressing for Hope, and her writing has appeared in such magazines as Brick, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and

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