Some edge wear to DJ top edge ; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective
Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 1.2 x 8.5 x 6 Inches; 344 pages; An epic novel
of unrequited dreams and forestalled lives, 'Red Dog, Red Dog' is set in
the mid-1950s, in a small town in the interior of B.C. in the unnamed
Okanagan Valley. The novel focuses on the Stark family, centring on
brothers Eddy and Tom, who are bound together by family loyalty and
inarticulate love. There is Tom and Eddy’s father, Elmer Stark, a violent
man with a troubled past, and Lillian, who married as a girl to escape
life on the farm with her widowed mother, and now retreats into her own
isolation. Unrepentant, bitter, older brother Eddy speeds freely along,
his desperate path fuelled by drugs and weapons, while Tom, a loner,
attempts to conceal their secrets and protect what remains of the family.
Eventually, an unspeakable crime causes him to come face to face with
something traumatic that has lain hidden in him since he was a boy.
Narrated in part by one of the dead infant daughters Elmer has buried, the
story unfolds gradually, as it weaves in family stories that reach back to
the depression days and the harsh life of settlers in the 1880s West. This
is also a novel about a small community of people, about complicated
loyalties, about betrayals and shifts of power.