the tracks: – a refuge-

| May 24, 2018


Juliette Cameron arrived at The Tracks in Sterling Reserve looking for a place to sleep and another drink. Juliette skippered a fishing boat at age seventeen and gave up on university at twenty-two. In the clear air and well defined shadows of the Nova Scotia autumn of 1951, she occupied an abandoned railcar parked on the wrong side of a broken down bridge. Archie MacKenzie lived in the caboose next door. Lank, Irma and baby Lacie lived down the tracks in an old dining car. They all came to know Juliette’s delicate beauty, her fierce strength, and weak resolve.
She distrusts loyalty and duty. Principles are just inclinations with a history. She avoids having one man for a long time. That would interfere with having other men for a short time. But Juliette forms bonds with the the Trackers, including Victoria, who arrives inauspiciously in the spring of 1952. Like the steel rails their homes sit on, those bonds are sturdy and resilient.
The characters in this novel gobble up life. The Tracks can be steel rail cold or steamy hot.

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