Progress

By Michael V. Smith

Progress
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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 ... Read more


Overview

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.

Michael V. Smith

Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and occasional clown. He is the author of several books including What You Can't Have (Signature Editions, 2006), which was short-listed for the ReLit Award, and My Body Is Yours (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. He is also the winner of the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers and was nominated for the Journey Prize. Smith currently teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna. Bad Ideas is his latest collection of poetry.

Awards

  • One Book UBCO 2015, Winner

Reviews

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

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

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

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