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by Tara Gereaux


Inspired by real events this is the story of a young man’s drastic measures taken to affirm his sexual identity and the fallout of a desperate act that shakes a community to its core.

In 1992, in a small prairie Canadian town Aaron Gourlay is a 14-year-old boy who asserts that he is female, a claim that no one in Aaron’s life will accept — except for Nadine, a single mom desperate to save her son. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt Aaron begs Nadine to call on town outlier and loner, Al Klassen, a rancher familiar with castrating calves to perform a radical procedure.

The shockwaves of Aaron’s attempt to resolve his own gender transition ripple outward and throws everyone around him out of orbit — and out of their resigned apathy in the stifling town of Saltus where time stands still and nothing new ever happens. Lenore is a Métis woman working at the Harvest Gold Inn & Restaurant who longs for the family she never had. Trish is a young mother who desires nothing more than to flee her husband and son, the family she was never ready for. Roger is the by-the-book police chief in charge of Aaron’s case and Lenore’s new boyfriend. As the details of Aaron’s case emerge, everyone’s lives begin to unravel — and deeply held secrets that will dramatically change the course of their lives rise to the surface.

Available Spring 2020


5.5" x 8.5" 272 pages
$29.95 CDN; $29.95 USD
E-Book Price
Fiction Tradepaper Adult
Tara Gereaux
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About the Author

Tara Gereaux’s first book, Size of a Fist (Thistledown Press, 2015), was nominated for two 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her writing has been published in several literary magazines and has won awards, including the City of Regina Writing Award in 2016 and 2019.

After graduating with an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, Gereaux worked as a story editor and writer in film and television for ten years. A Métis from the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, Gereaux lived in B.C. for nearly two decades before returning to her home on the prairie.




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