Reap by Eric Rickstad

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A New York Times Noteworthy Novel.
Taut, riveting, and unflinching, REAP is a American classic that draws readers into the dangerous and claustrophobic backwoods of Northern Vermont to witness a drugged out Gothic thriller of maimed and desperate characters. A hard-edged, quick-moving, and violent story charged with fate, bad blood, and family secrets, it's tempered by a fine lyric sensibility and an awareness of people and place that sings with evocation and authenticity. A masterwork.

The New York Times Book Review
Remarkable. Intoxicating. Poetic. Arresting. Powerfully bloody. A tale of macho violence and alternative horticulture in a creepy edge-of-the-world setting. The Gothic tangle of native forest and exotic cash crop mirrors the characters' claustrophobic inner landscapes [with] grimly poetic images scattered throughout, like flashes of submerged lives never quite reeled in.


THE NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW
Remarkable. Intoxicating. Arresting. Poetic.
A tale of macho violence and alternative horticulture in a creepy edge-of-the-world setting. The body count is high, and the violence persuasive. Most remarkable is the evocation of the territory, the Gothic tangle of native forest and exotic cash crop that mirrors the characters’ claustrophobic inner landscapes [and] the grimly poetic images scattered throughout, like flashes of submerged lives never quite reeled in.



SUNDAY CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
A bloody beauty. Reap illuminates worlds of darkness. A dramatic reminder of the mystery and majesty of the wild places that exist in both man and nature.



LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A complex portrait of a group of people whose interlocking fates snap into place with gruesome repercussions and of a boy who unwittingly stumbles into adulthood like a bird dog into a wolf trap.



PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Harrowing. Absorbing. Unpredictable. Dangerous.
Bucolic and eerie, it probes the mysteries of growing as plants people and situations twist inexorably in unpredictable, dangerous directions. A progressively more harrowing, absorbing tale.



BOOK MAGAZINE
Transcends the typical. Harrowing. Inevitable.
Rickstad renders dark, often violent characters with such elegance that we will embrace them long after they’ve opted for the choice that is clearly wrong.



BOOKLIST
Rickstad pulls back the veneer of the bucolic wilderness of northern Vermont and finds trouble in paradise. Colorful, marginal, and often violent characters, and the undertone of violence, desperation, and drug dealing as a way of life underscores the fact that the country joins the inner city in becoming a modern American wasteland.


WEEKLY ALIBI
A haunting, dark story that seethes with human emotion. Turning each page is like opening the door to an open field.
 

About Eric Rickstad

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Eric Rickstad, a Vermont native, holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. An outdoorsman, he lives and works in northern Vermont.
 
Published September 30, 2011 by Viking Penguin, New York, NY, U.S.A.. 274 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Hal and Reg get Jessup so stoned, drunk, and dizzy that he’s sick.

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In return for money and a promise to fix his car, Jessup goes to work for Reg, helping him bring in the harvest, and Reg teaches him to drive a stick-shift, drink beer, smoke pot and cigarettes.

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It is through this relationship --- part business, part friendship --- that Burke meets Marigold, Cumber's sister, who is struggling in a failed marriage and in need of an impetus to seek out some better life.

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