The stories collected in Boundary Country — poet Tom Wayman’s first book of fiction — slide effortlessly across time and place. Some offer an insider’s guide to the people who live in British Columbia’s distinctive Kootenay mountain region. Others take as their starting point the family sagas of European immigrants to Toronto during the 1930s or the lives of contemporary working folk in Vancouver. Another turns on an incident during the American Civil War. Yet all the tales are set in the borderlands of human experience — the precise moments at which history becomes memory, desire is transformed into belief, and some locale or condition alters and we sense in the change a boundary.
"Descriptive prose that puts in mind the rhythms and precision of Cormac McCarthy ... Wayman gives us nature in the eyes of a man who knows it like his own skin."
— Jim Bartley, Globe & Mail (July 2007)