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No Safeguards
Guernica Editions, Fall 2015
298 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550719840
ISBN10: 155071984X
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

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No Safeguards, the first in a trilogy, follows Jay and his brother Paul from childhood to young adulthood. We witness the destructive impact of fundamentalist Christian beliefs on their mother and father, opposition to those beliefs by the boys' grandmother and each boy's very different response to their parents' religiosity. This becomes even more poignant after they leave their grandmother's comfortable home in St. Vincent to join their mother in Montreal. The revelation that both boys are gay adds to their sense of oppression and divides them from their mother, whose views are shaped by the church and the theology of the Torah.
I catch myself biting the nail of my right thumb, a habit Grama had tried in vain to break. I check my cellphone. Nothing. No message from Paul. I stare at Anna's outline in the dim light, at her chest rising and falling and quarrelling with the air it's pulling in and pushing out.

Books by H. Nigel Thomas

No Safeguards