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“Majestic . . . epic . . . vital . . . a necessary piece in a uniquely American mosaic.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Right from the start of this engrossing family saga, you know that youre in the hands of a storyteller who knows just where hes going. . . . You can hear echoes of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy in Lents prose. But the presiding geniuses of this dark novels painterly, poetic scenes are Robert Frost and the artist Winslow Homer . . . flint-eyed Yankees who never saw a paradise that didnt have a snake.”—Newsweek

A national bestseller and a New York Times notable book, now in Grove Press paperback for the first time, In the Fall is a richly layered epic that conjures the history of three generations of an American family and the dark secrets that blister at its core. At the close of the Civil War, Norman Pelham, son of a Vermont farmer, is found wounded by Leah, an escaped slave harboring a devastating secret. The two become lovers as Leah nurses Norman back to health, and journey north together as man and wife. Their son forsakes the family for the anonymous world of bootlegging and nightclubs, but long-buried truths come to light when their grandson is driven to retrace his history and disentangle his complicated inheritance. Spanning the post-Civil War era to the edge of the Great Depression, In the Fall is a fierce, gripping vision of an American landscape and history, and an unforgettable portrait of an American family.

“A stunning success . . . Builds like a thunderstorm coming over the horizon.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

“Majestic . . . epic . . . vital . . . a necessary piece in a uniquely American mosaic.”—The New York Times Book Review

A national best-seller and a New York Times notable book, Jeffrey Lents debut novel, In the Fall, was rapturously hailed by readers and critics alike. In the Fall is that rare thing: a truly moving and brilliantly written American family epic. In prose that ranges from earthy to lyrical, Jeffrey Lent conjures the history of three generations born of passion and haunted by the past.

At the close of the Civil War, Norman Pelham, son of a Vermont farmer, is found wounded in the woods by Leah, an escaped slave. The two become lovers as Leah nurses Norman back to health, and journey north together as man and wife. But Leah harbors a secret that will rend what the lovers have wrought. Her son, Jamie, escapes rural Vermont and, passing for white, enters the outwardly glamorous world of northern resorts. But he can no more escape the past than could his mother. It is his son, Foster, who discovers what led Leah from a decrepit southern plantation to a bucolic Vermont homestead and back, on a path littered with the sorrows of slavery and obstructed by the unanswered challenges of race.

“Right from the start of this engrossing family saga, you know that youre in the hands of a storyteller who knows just where hes going. . . . You can hear echoes of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy in Lents prose. But the presiding geniuses of this dark novels painterly, poetic scenes are Robert Frost and the artist Winslow Homer . . . flint-eyed Yankees who never saw a paradise that didnt have a snake.”— Newsweek

“A stunning success . . . Builds like a thunderstorm coming over the horizon.”—The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Jeffrey Lent is the author of four novels: After You've Gone, A Peculiar Grace, Lost Nation, and In the Fall, which was a national best seller.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802121981
Author:
Lent, Jeffrey
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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“Majestic . . . epic . . . vital . . . a necessary piece in a uniquely American mosaic.”—The New York Times Book Review

A national best-seller and a New York Times notable book, Jeffrey Lents debut novel, In the Fall, was rapturously hailed by readers and critics alike. In the Fall is that rare thing: a truly moving and brilliantly written American family epic. In prose that ranges from earthy to lyrical, Jeffrey Lent conjures the history of three generations born of passion and haunted by the past.

At the close of the Civil War, Norman Pelham, son of a Vermont farmer, is found wounded in the woods by Leah, an escaped slave. The two become lovers as Leah nurses Norman back to health, and journey north together as man and wife. But Leah harbors a secret that will rend what the lovers have wrought. Her son, Jamie, escapes rural Vermont and, passing for white, enters the outwardly glamorous world of northern resorts. But he can no more escape the past than could his mother. It is his son, Foster, who discovers what led Leah from a decrepit southern plantation to a bucolic Vermont homestead and back, on a path littered with the sorrows of slavery and obstructed by the unanswered challenges of race.

“Right from the start of this engrossing family saga, you know that youre in the hands of a storyteller who knows just where hes going. . . . You can hear echoes of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy in Lents prose. But the presiding geniuses of this dark novels painterly, poetic scenes are Robert Frost and the artist Winslow Homer . . . flint-eyed Yankees who never saw a paradise that didnt have a snake.”— Newsweek

“A stunning success . . . Builds like a thunderstorm coming over the horizon.”—The Christian Science Monitor

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