The year is 1911.
In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminalwith an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all.
Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastationand the barest thread of hope.
At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke.
And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up.
Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliadaindustrialist Garrison Harper's attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfectionthe cruelty of the surgeon's knifethe folly of the culland a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.
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That ambiguity may be a letdown for readers expecting a gory catharsis, but it gives the story a resonance that simply throwing open the creaking door wouldn’t have had, as well as adding to the force of the moral prophecy.Read Full Review of Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible ... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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