In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

...In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, is so remarkable. It's one of the most thoughtful recent works of fiction on a subject that defeats many writers before they pick up their pens.
-NPR

Synopsis

In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods tells the story of a newly married couple who take up a lonely existence in the title's mythical location. In this blank and barren plot far from the world they've known, they mean to start the family the unnamed husband wants so obsessively. But their every pregnancy fails, and as their grief swells, the husband─a hot-tempered and impatient fisherman and trapper─attempts to prove his dominion in other ways, emptying both the lake and the woods of their many beasts. As the years pass, the wife changes too, her suddenly powerful voice singing some new series of objects into being, including a threatening moon hung above their house, its doomed weight already slowly falling, bending their now-starless sky.
 
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods is about marriage, parenthood, and the dreams parents have for their children─as well as what happens to a marriage whose success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the grief that marks their absence.
 

About Matt Bell

See more books from this Author
Matt Bell's first story collection, How They Were Found, was published in 2010 by Keyhole Press, and was reviewed in The Believer, American Book Review, and Bookslut, among many other venues. In 2012, Cataclysm Baby, a novella, was published by Mud Luscious Press, with blurbs by Karen Russell, Lucy Corin, Lance Olsen, and Chris Bachelder. Bell's fiction has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2010, Best American Fantasy 2, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers, and shortlisted in Best American Short Stories 2010 and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He serves as Senior Editor at Dzanc Books and teaches writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Soho Press. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Apr 16 2013

As the male character's path to redemption leaves his body increasingly ravaged, Bell’s book becomes an unflinching portrait of the struggle to keep a family intact.

Read Full Review of In the House upon the Dirt be... | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Adam Langer on Jul 25 2013

...the uncharitable reader might well observe that it took the egocentric narrator nearly 300 pages to arrive at a fairly banal realization that seemed obvious enough more than 200 pages earlier...

Read Full Review of In the House upon the Dirt be... | See more reviews from NY Times

NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jun 20 2013

...In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, is so remarkable. It's one of the most thoughtful recent works of fiction on a subject that defeats many writers before they pick up their pens.

Read Full Review of In the House upon the Dirt be... | See more reviews from NPR

Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Andrew F Sullivan on Jul 19 2013

In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods provides us with a new, unstable literary element, something scavenged from the old, something bright and wet and vital.

Read Full Review of In the House upon the Dirt be... | See more reviews from Globe and Mail

Reader Rating for In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
62%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 45 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×