The World Beneath by Aaron Gwyn
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A mesmerizing literary novel that begins when a boy goes missing—and winds into an obsessive hunt with murderous results.

One cold November morning in Perser, Oklahoma, Sheriff Jerry Martin receives a disturbing call: a local fifteen-year-old has disappeared. The boy, J.T., who is half Mexican, half Chickasaw and has been raised by his grandmother, is known for starting trouble. Sheriff Martin sets out on a fevered search, determined to find J.T., even as the hunt reopens wounds from a traumatic event in his past. In a seemingly parallel but ultimately intersecting story, Hickson Crider, a veteran of the first Iraq war, discovers a mysterious crevice, perfectly round and seemingly bottomless, in his backyard. The hole becomes Hickson’s obsession—and an ominous clue in Sheriff Martin’s investigation.Aaron Gwyn’s perceptive, quietly beautiful prose is “reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor” (Kirkus Reviews), engaging us in a tale that is both savage and burning with heart, about the after effects of war, violence, faith, and random acts of devotion.

About Aaron Gwyn

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Aaron Gwyn's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. His first book, Dog on the Cross, was a finalist for the 2005 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Published March 7, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 217 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gwyn (stories: Dog on the Cross, 2004) pens a grim, suspenseful first novel about murder in a small town.

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Two mysterious occurrences anchor Gwyn's uneven first novel (after a collection, Dog on the Cross ): an outcast half Chickasaw/half Mexican boy named J.T. go

Feb 02 2009 | Read Full Review of The World Beneath: A Novel

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