We’ve Read This Book Club: The Western Alienation Merit Badge
Have you vowed to wean yourself off Netflix and get some serious reading done this summer – then have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers?
Come prepared to delve into Nancy Jo Cullen's novel, The Western Alienation Merit Badge. The book has been called, "A queer prairie novel of my dreams – electric, funny, hot, heartbreaking, scathing, like a mix of Sarah Schulman and Chandra Mayor" by Casey Plett. This event is hosted by blogger and book reviewer Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, and is part of Wordfest's monthly book club series on the top floor of Memorial Park Library.
Western Alienation Merit Badge by Nancy Jo Cullen
Set in Calgary in 1982, in the wake of the recession that arrived on the heels of Canada's 1980 National Energy Program, The Western Alienation Merit Badge tells the story of the Murray family who are struggling with grief and the very real possibility of financial ruin. After the death of her stepmother, Frances Murray is called back to Calgary to help her father, Jimmy, and sister, Bernadette, make the mortgage on the family home. When Robyn, a long lost friend, becomes their house guest, tensions are ignited and Jimmy, Bernadette and Frances find themselves increasingly estranged from one another. For the Murrays, history has a way of repeating itself and as each of them wrestles with their own secrets, they find themselves unable to forget and unwilling to forgive one another. Part family drama, part queer coming-of-age story, The Western Alienation Merit Badge explores the dynamics of a small family falling apart.
About your host, Anne Logan
Anne Logan worked in the Canadian publishing industry for 7 years, and loved every minute of it. Now she reviews books online at ivereadthis.com, and on-air for CBC Calgary.