Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery
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The characters’ struggles culminate in a shocking and memorable denouement.
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From the critically acclaimed author of Absolution, a literary page-turner set in the American heartland.

Poplar Farm has been in Louise’s family for generations, inherited by her sharecropping forbearer from a white landowner after a lynching. Now the farm has been carved up, the trees torn down—a mini-massacre replicating the history of many farms before it, and the destruction of lives and societies taking place all across America.

Architect of this destruction is Paul Krovik, a property developer soon driven insane by the failure of his ambition. Left behind is a half-finished “luxury suburb” of neo-Victorian homes on the outskirts of a sprawling midwestern city. To Paul it is a collapsed dream, but to Julia and Nathaniel, arriving from their small Boston apartment, it is a new start, promising a bucolic future. With their son, Copley, they buy Paul’s signature home in a foreclosure sale and move in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel. The remaining 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 then vanish, Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.
 

About Patrick Flanery

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PATRICK FLANERY was born in California and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He lives in London.
 
Published August 15, 2013 by Riverhead Books. 417 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by David Vann on Oct 04 2013

Flanery is a talented writer with a dynamic and frightening vision of the role that corporations and security have in American life. “Fallen Land” begins a bit slowly, but once Nathaniel’s story takes over...the novel becomes an engaging attempt to identify the source of sourceless rage...

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Reviewed by John Burnside on Apr 24 2013

...Fallen Land is a book full of sinister echoes, bad history rising from the tainted earth, not so much to infect as to reveal the poisonous currents running just beneath the appearance of normal, even conventional life.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 03 2013

The characters’ struggles culminate in a shocking and memorable denouement.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny Hilborne on Aug 15 2013

The book is written with no chapters and the text switches from past to present, with blunt scene changes. All the characters are unhappy, and none of them are fascinating.

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