Death Train of Provincetown

Death Train of Provincetown


by Trent Portigal

Paperback (Fiction) 
8.5" x 5.5" · 70 pages
Release Date: May 2019
ISBN 9781989274026

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Death Train of Provincetown is the Dickensian history of a small prairie city where two improbable heroes, named Virginia and Mistigris, emerge. They resist the establishment and manage to thrive in a rigidly controlled society, sometimes exploiting others in order to live. The narrator is an author of tourist guides who is writing his latest guidebook, A Walking Tour of Virginia's Theological Cemetery. He realizes that the woman named Virginia is as important and neglected as any of the influential artists of the time. While piecing together the few records that remain, he discovers that she operated a brothel and proceeds to document her heroism amid the hypocritical world she inhabited.

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Trent Portigal is a writer of political tales and urban anecdotes. His second novel, A Floating Phrase, was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2017. Trent spends his days planning cities on the Canadian prairies. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.