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Staff Pick

Deep immersion into rambunctious lives and a hostile locale makes The Clearing a top contender for summer's best escapist reading. Fresh in paperback, this gritty, post-WWI swamp epic (not to be confused with the recently released Robert Redford film) tosses tough, heroic Louisiana loggers into a quagmire of environmental and social ills. Mud, snakes, humidity, whores, guns, gangsters — it's a slick ooze of sweat, honor, violence and blood. This richly-written tale ranks with Lonesome Dove and Cold Mountain as adventure lit of the highest caliber.
Recommended by Mike I, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In his critically acclaimed new novel, Tim Gautreaux fashions a classic and unforgettable tale of two brothers struggling in a hostile world.
In a lumber camp in the Louisiana cypress forest, a world of mud and stifling heat where men labor under back-breaking conditions, the Aldridge brothers try to repair a broken bond. Randolph Aldridge is the mill’s manager, sent by his father—the mill owner—to reform both the damaged mill and his damaged older brother. Byron Aldridge is the mill's lawman, a shell-shocked World War I veteran given to stunned silences and sudden explosions of violence that make him a mystery to Randolph and a danger to himself. Deep in the swamp, in this place of water moccasins, whiskey, and wild card games, these brothers become embroiled in a lethal feud with a powerful gangster. In a tale full of raw emotion as supple as a saw blade, The Clearing is a mesmerizing journey into the trials that define men’s souls.

Review:

"The Clearing is a fine and exciting novel about place, work, violence, love and loyalty. Tim Gautreaux is a literary writer unafraid to tell a brisk and jolting story that keeps the pages turning." Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain

Review:

"Gautreaux writes beautifully about terrible things, about war and life and death...Word for word, it's my favorite novel this year." Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

Review:

"A marvelous evocation of time and place merges seamlessly with Gautreaux's powerful and timeless story. He has long been regarded as an important Southern writer; it's time he was recognized as an important writer, period." William Gay, author of I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down

Review:

"The power and complexity of The Clearing stem not only from the larger themes of loss, human ruin, and the redemptive force of love, but also from Tim Gautreaux's finely pitched capture of place and its effect on human nature and endeavor. What makes this novel a modern masterpiece is that while Gautreaux never blinks from the story, the reader begins to comprehend the layers upon layers of American fable, myth, and parable contained within the pages. A superb novel, from the very first page." Jeffrey Lent, author of In the Fall

Synopsis:

In his critically acclaimed new novel, Tim Gautreaux fashions a classic and unforgettable tale of two brothers struggling in a hostile world.

In a lumber camp in the Louisiana cypress forest, a world of mud and stifling heat where men labor under back-breaking conditions, the Aldridge brothers try to repair a broken bond. Randolph Aldridge is the mills manager, sent by his father—the mill owner—to reform both the damaged mill and his damaged older brother. Byron Aldridge is the mill's lawman, a shell-shocked World War I veteran given to stunned silences and sudden explosions of violence that make him a mystery to Randolph and a danger to himself. Deep in the swamp, in this place of water moccasins, whiskey, and wild card games, these brothers become embroiled in a lethal feud with a powerful gangster. In a tale full of raw emotion as supple as a saw blade, The Clearing is a mesmerizing journey into the trials that define mens souls.

About the Author

Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Zoetrope, as well as the O. Henry and Best American short-story annuals. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400030538
Author:
Gautreaux, Tim
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.98x5.64x.72 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400030538 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Deep immersion into rambunctious lives and a hostile locale makes The Clearing a top contender for summer's best escapist reading. Fresh in paperback, this gritty, post-WWI swamp epic (not to be confused with the recently released Robert Redford film) tosses tough, heroic Louisiana loggers into a quagmire of environmental and social ills. Mud, snakes, humidity, whores, guns, gangsters — it's a slick ooze of sweat, honor, violence and blood. This richly-written tale ranks with Lonesome Dove and Cold Mountain as adventure lit of the highest caliber.

"Review" by , "The Clearing is a fine and exciting novel about place, work, violence, love and loyalty. Tim Gautreaux is a literary writer unafraid to tell a brisk and jolting story that keeps the pages turning."
"Review" by , "Gautreaux writes beautifully about terrible things, about war and life and death...Word for word, it's my favorite novel this year."
"Review" by , "A marvelous evocation of time and place merges seamlessly with Gautreaux's powerful and timeless story. He has long been regarded as an important Southern writer; it's time he was recognized as an important writer, period."
"Review" by , "The power and complexity of The Clearing stem not only from the larger themes of loss, human ruin, and the redemptive force of love, but also from Tim Gautreaux's finely pitched capture of place and its effect on human nature and endeavor. What makes this novel a modern masterpiece is that while Gautreaux never blinks from the story, the reader begins to comprehend the layers upon layers of American fable, myth, and parable contained within the pages. A superb novel, from the very first page."
"Synopsis" by , In his critically acclaimed new novel, Tim Gautreaux fashions a classic and unforgettable tale of two brothers struggling in a hostile world.

In a lumber camp in the Louisiana cypress forest, a world of mud and stifling heat where men labor under back-breaking conditions, the Aldridge brothers try to repair a broken bond. Randolph Aldridge is the mills manager, sent by his father—the mill owner—to reform both the damaged mill and his damaged older brother. Byron Aldridge is the mill's lawman, a shell-shocked World War I veteran given to stunned silences and sudden explosions of violence that make him a mystery to Randolph and a danger to himself. Deep in the swamp, in this place of water moccasins, whiskey, and wild card games, these brothers become embroiled in a lethal feud with a powerful gangster. In a tale full of raw emotion as supple as a saw blade, The Clearing is a mesmerizing journey into the trials that define mens souls.

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