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The Lost Country

The Lost Country

ISBN
9780571245963
Published
19/07/2018
9780571245963
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
384

About the Book

Billy Edgewater, discharged from the Navy and touched by a rising desperation, sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying. On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D.L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are.
Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing more than memory.
Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as ‘a seemingly effortless storyteller’, with this novel William Gay once again shows why his work is often talked about alongside the great Southern novelists, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy.

Billy Edgewater, discharged from the Navy and touched by a rising desperation, sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying. On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D.L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are. Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing more than memory.Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as ‘a seemingly effortless storyteller’, with this novel William Gay once again shows why his work is often talked about alongside the great Southern novelists, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy.
  • William Gay

    William Gay was born in Hohenwald, Tennessee. After high school, he joined the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War. For many years he made his living as a carpenter, drywall-hanger and house painter before publishing, in 1998, his first novel, The Long Home, at the age of 57. He went on to publish the story collection I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down and two further novels, Provinces of Night and Twilight, in his lifetime.

“‘The Lost Country is almost a jolly book. But it also reminds us of just how good Gay was . . . if you fancy a blast of full-on Americana, it is hard to think of anything recently that blasts in such a brilliantly sustained way - or that makes much of contemporary fiction suddenly seem so bloodless by comparison.’”
- The Times
“Gay's two-fisted, wise-cracking picaresque is strong on description and local colour, with saloon brawls, prayer meetings, and "people with no trade save porchsitting . . . and mean-looking dogs hopeless on knotted chain tethers anchored to old car casings.”
- Phil Baker, Sunday Times

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