Budge (Paperback)

By Tom Osborne

Anvil Press, 9781897535998, 243pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2012

List Price: 20.00*
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Fiction. From the the author of Dead Man In the Orchestra Pit and Foozlers comes another tale of madcap human folly. Louella Debra Poule is doing an eighteen-month stint on a weapons charge at a minimum security institution up BC's Fraser Valley. Six months into Louella's sentence, her mother dies. Upon Louella's early release she discovers that she has inherited a good deal of money and a nice condo in a treed and quiet suburb of Vancouver. But, as so often happens, her past comes callin'.

"BUDGE is one of the more quirky, unconventional, picaresque novels to come along in a while... To fully appreciate BUDGE, we must relinquish our trust to Osborne, a somewhat loopy shaman... Tom Osborne warrants a great deal of praise for freshness of content, viewpoint, and plot. He knows how to use language with skill and verve..." Foreword Reviews

"Writer's latest entry full of grit. Tom Osborne's new novel explores friendship, betrayal, rehabilitation, and addiction. Tom Osborne's third novel BUDGE centers around a female character who took the fall for her sometimes-boyfriend, and ended up doing an 18-month stint in a Fraser Valley prison. A few of the central characters in Tom Osborne's latest novel Budge are so gritty, readers may feel the need to wash their hands after leafing through a few chapters. That may just be the desired effect of BUDGE, an unabashed fictional effort that draws you in and then smashes you square in the mush. The story explores Vancouver and the Fraser Valley's seedy drug and crime." The Maple Ridge Times

Praise for Dead Man in the Orchestra Pit by Tom Osborne:

"Only connect' was E.M. Forster's advice to writers, and Osborne connects like a mad electrician in a power plant." The Vancouver Sun