By (author): Michael V. Smith

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 has published six previous books, which include three collections of poetry, a memoir, and two novels. Also an award-winning filmmaker, drag queen, and professor, Smith teaches at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC, where he lives with his brilliant husband.


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


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    240 Pages
    8.01in * 5.30in * .64in


    February 15, 2011


    Cormorant Books



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