Double Talk by Patrick Warner

By Patrick Warner

A love tale in reverse.

Double Talk tells the tale of Violet Budd and Brian (Baby) energy, characters fleeing from their prior. Brian is ambling after an immigrant's dream, and Violet is eager to ditch her middle-class origins for anything extra earthy and bohemian. Their opposite social and geographical flight paths intersect in St. John's, Newfoundland, within the early Nineteen Eighties, the place, for a time, they locate love, intercourse and a secure haven in each one other.

No happy-ever-after tale, double speak follows Violet and Brian over a fourteen-year interval, because the traditional pressures of existence convey to the outside the numerous changes that exist among them. double speak is a coming-of-age novel, a love tale and an exam of social category and its mysterious codes.

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And where's Pete? " Sul grinned again as he pocketed the coins. " His eyes sparkled. " The boy's tone was scornful. " Sul shrugged as the ferry moved into midstream. " "Well, you'll make a good one," Jonas said. "I want to be the best, the boy said. He looked up at the older man. "Mr. " "Not much. " Sul shook his head so sharply his curls danced again. His round face puckered in distress at the memory of what he had just read. "He left his army to suffer on the retreat from Moscow and hurried back to Paris.

Finally he combed his dampened curls in a vain attempt to smooth them out, but the comb became tangled. As he jerked impatiently at the snarl, Sul wished again that he had wavy brown hair like Pete and his father. Behind him the cabin door opened. Hoping it wasn't their visitor, Sul turned to find his next oldest sister, Margaret, coming out onto the gallery, the basket she used for picking greens over one arm. Margaret stopped to watch his struggles. "Let me help you," she said, setting the basket down.

Ma, Ma, Sul heard her cry, "he's here! " Followed by all three of her daughters, Mrs. Ross hurried out of the cabin and down the steps. Sul slipped stiffly down from behind Mason's saddle and stood there, silent and ashamed, as his mother and two older sisters crowded around him. "Son, you're hurt," Mrs. Ross began. She looked up at Mason, who by that time had also dismounted. " "He took a spill, Miz Ross, but I don't think he's got anythin' wrong with him other than that cut an' some bruises.

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