"In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife's beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house. This novel, from one of our most exciting young writers, is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage-and of what happens when a marriage's success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence."
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by Matt Bell
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"Fantastical and nightmarish, Matt Bell's novel unravels the many births, deaths, and transformations that estrange a couple living in Òthe house built upon the dirt,Ó isolated in an expansive nowhere. Matching the repetition of words and phrases, narrator Charlie Thurston uses rhythm and its momentum as his guide. This is the husband's version of events, and Thurston's performance reveals his descent into mania as he is caught in a tug of war between mythical sons. Thurston's tone is often confrontational, even loud, emphasizing the husband's changing states of frustration and helplessness. Yet the writing and performance combined cause the grotesque events to seem quite natural, creating an unsettling but compelling story. A.S. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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