Lost Nation

A Novel
Product Number: EB00645519
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555846770
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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Description

The powerful and tragic tale of a young man and woman in early nineteenth-century New England mirror the birth of a nation. "In intensely charged prose very reminiscent of Faulkner's," Lost Nation delves beneath the bright, promising veneer of early-nineteenth-century New England to unveil a startling parable of individualism and nationhood (Kirkus Reviews). The novel opens with a man known as Blood, guiding an oxcart of rum toward the wild country of New Hampshire, an ungoverned territory called the Indian Stream-a land where the luckless or outlawed have made a fresh start. Blood is a man of contradictions, of learning and wisdom, but also a man with a secret past that has scorched his soul. He sets forth to establish himself as a trader, hauling with him Sally, a sixteen-year-old girl won over a game of cards. Their arrival in the Indian Stream triggers an escalating series of clashes that serves to sever the master/servant bond between them, and offers both a second chance with life. But as the conflicts within the community spill over and attract the attention of outside authorities, Blood becomes a target to those seeking easy blame for their troubles, forcing him to confront dreaded apparitions from his past, while Sally is offered a final escape. "A rousing tale that will surely please the readers of his first, bestselling novel, In the Fall." -Publishers Weekly "Following on the success of his first novel, In the Fall, Lent has produced a second book with the same sort of tragic power and dignity." -BookPage "Jeffrey Lent has quietly created some of the finest novels of our new century." -Ron Rash "Jeffrey Lent builds characters and their world like a painter layering his canvas, telling his story but substantiating it with color and light." -Tim Pears "Sentence by sentence rural New England comes alive, and Lent's language draws you in like a clear stream in summer." -Tim Gautreaux

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Author(s): Jeffrey Lent
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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