In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent

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Jeffrey Lent's astonishing debut novel, In the Fall, is already creating a sensation. It has been chosen as a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, preempted for paperback for six figures, and acquired by leading publishers around the world. In the Fall is the extraordinary epic of three generations of an American family, the dark secrets that blister at its core, and the forbidden, transcendent love affairs that fuel its members over the course of six decades. In the twilight of the Civil War, a Union soldier meets a runaway slave and returns with her to his family homestead in Vermont, launching the story of a bold, interracial union and its consequences. This passionate couple and their descendents will grapple with the ongoing devastations of the war, racism, and a haunting family legacy that lie dormant until a grandson is driven to discover the secret of his ancestors. Spanning the post-Civil War era to the edge of the Great Depression, In the Fall is an incredible rendering of a rapidly evolving America -- from life on a farm, through the final years of Prohibition and bootlegging in the resort towns of New Hampshire, to the advent of modern times. Jeffrey Lent's novel is a fierce and utterly compelling vision of an American landscape and history, and an unforgettable portrait of an American family.

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Jeffrey Lent lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
Published December 1, 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 560 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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He leaves behind 16-year-old Foster, lover of bird dogs, who discovers letters written to Jamie from his sisters back in Vermont, and, when Foster visits them, learns the secret of his blood, then finally, in North Carolina, comes to see the root of the evil that drove his grandmother to take her...

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The Last Samurai Helen DeWitt Chatto & Windus £16.99, pp530 Buy it at BOL In the Fall Jeffrey Lent Picador £14.99, pp542 Buy it at BOL Diamond Dogs Alan Watt Duck £9.99, pp198 Buy it at BOL It is amazing that people trust novelists to tell their stories.

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The immediacy of the past, the tensions of race, the crushing weight of guilt and the searing intensity of forbidden love drive Lent's expansive, richly detailed and expertly plotted debut novel.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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