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The Wanton Troopers
by Alden Nowlan
In this new edition of Alden Nowlan's poignant first novel, published posthumously in 1988, a boy growing up in a small Nova Scotia mill town is abandoned by the young mother he adores. Family relationships, sexual confusions, and the pains of love are rendered with deep and authentic feeling. This is an essential book for all readers who have admired the work of this majo ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Goose Lane Editions
(first published January 1st 1988)
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Dec 03, 2011 Kereesa rated it really liked it
The Wanton Troopers is a story of innocence, perception, and destiny as well as being semi-autobiographical. It is the story of young Kevin O'Brien growing up in a abusive, poverty-stricken family in a poverty-stricken, religious town in Nova Scotia. Growing up with an emotionally dependent, young mother, a drunken, work-driven father, and a grandmother who spouts sin and religions throughout it all, Kevin faces bullying, his mother's adultery, and the confusion that each of us face: where does ...more