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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Urban Life
  • Language:English
  • Pages:244

Langside

by Chris Walter

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Overview
Set in the working poor district of West Central Winnipeg, Langside shines a harsh light on the many problems facing inner city residents. Pressured to join the local gang but unwilling to do so, thirteen year old Sky struggles to adapt to the world of guns and drugs around him. Meanwhile, opposing gangs eager to capitalize on the growing demand for crystal meth are on the verge of open warfare. As Sky’s alcoholic parents try to keep the family afloat and a pair of mismatched cops attempt to deal with the rising violence, the story races towards a breathless conclusion that will keep readers in suspense until the last moment. Despite Sky’s prominence as a central character, the book is not aimed at the youth market and is geared more towards adults. Bold and brazen, yet often darkly humourous, Langside is a fast paced snapshot of urban life, both tragic and hopeful, and poignant without being bleak.
Description
Set in the working poor district of West Central Winnipeg, Langside shines a harsh light on the many problems facing inner city residents. Pressured to join the local gang but unwilling to do so, thirteen year old Sky struggles to adapt to the world of guns and drugs around him. Meanwhile, opposing gangs eager to capitalize on the growing demand for crystal meth are on the verge of open warfare. As Sky’s alcoholic parents try to keep the family afloat and a pair of mismatched cops attempt to deal with the rising violence, the story races towards a breathless conclusion that will keep readers in suspense until the last moment. Despite Sky’s prominence as a central character, the book is not aimed at the youth market and is geared more towards adults. Bold and brazen, yet often darkly humourous, Langside is a fast paced snapshot of urban life, both tragic and hopeful, and poignant without being bleak.
About the author
Chris Walter, a recovering drug addict and hope-to-die punk rocker, began writing purposefully in 1998 after realizing that his life up to that point had been meaningless. His first published novel, Punk Rules OK went largely unnoticed except by detractors, inspiring him to take a DIY approach to the game. With help from his girlfriend who worked at a printing shop, he started GFY Press and began to write, publish, and distribute a steady stream of fiction novels and music biographies. After kicking drugs to the curb in 2001, GFY Press expanded to include unschooled troublemakers Simon Snotface, Stewart Black, and an Australian, Drew Gates, drawing further criticism from the established literary industry. More than twenty titles and fourteen years later, Chris Walter and GFY Press remain unrepentant and committed.
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