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Trent Portigal


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Cowards recounts the collapse of the painstakingly constructed life of a family in a society split between formal European and Saskatchewan-style pragmatic socialism. Lora and L on Chaulieu, the former a respected judge and the latter a blacklisted writer, manage to keep their family on the right side of the law and the prospects of their two teenage daughters open until Lora is reassigned from the capital, where the family lives, to a small prairie city. This forces L on to become the central parental figure, making it impossible to keep up the wall between his subversive activities and his home life. Without the balancing influence of Lora, the turmoil caused by the meeting of these two worlds leads the whole family down a path of increasing lawlessness.

Top Hat Books, 9781785350702, 175pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2015

About the Author

Trent Portigal has written popular articles on a variety of urban planning topics, in addition to presenting on Canadian francophone literature in the academic world. He spends his days planning cities on the Canadian prairies.