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AuthorPatrick Flanery
PublisherAtlantic Books
Publication Date01 May 2015
Book DescriptionPoplar Farm has been in Louise's family for generations, inherited by her sharecropping forebear from a white landowner after a lynching. Now, the farm has been carved up, the trees torn down; a mini-massacre replicating the destruction of lives and societies taking place all over America. Architect of this destruction is Paul Krovik, a property developer soon driven insane by the failure of his dream. Julia and Nathaniel arrive from Boston with their son, Copley, and buy up Paul's signature home in a foreclosure sale. They move into the half-finished subdivision and settle in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel. The great trees bear witness, Louise lives on in her beleaguered farmhouse, and as reality shifts, and the edges of what is right and wrong blur and are lost, Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.
Editorial ReviewGripping... Fallen Land impressively examines how thoroughly the American dream has turned into the American nightmare * Sunday Times * Gripping... As the tension builds to the denouement, the reader wonders whether hope and justice will triumph over a power devoid of ethics. A fine book * Independent on Sunday * Thrillingly tense and atmospheric... Comparisons to Nathaniel Hawthorne would not be extravagant * Financial Times * A gripping thriller and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness, but its real power lies in its recognition of the tragic failure of an American dream -- John Burnside * Guardian *
About the AuthorPatrick Flanery was born in California in 1975 and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied Film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and earned a PhD in Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Oxford. He contributes articles to a number of academic journals and he has written for Slightly Foxed, the Daily Telegraph and The Times Literary Supplement. His first novel, Absolution (Atlantic Books), was published to critical acclaim in 2012. He lives in London.
Number of Pages432