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Publisher's Summary

Ten years after it was first announced, Dzanc is proud to deliver the lost novel from a master of the Southern Gothic - the work William Gay fans have anticipated for a decade.  

Billy Edgewater is a harbinger of doom. Estranged from his family, discharged from the navy and touched by a rising desperation, he sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying. On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D. L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are. 

Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and unspeakable violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing but memory.  

Hailed as 'a seemingly effortless storyteller' by the New York Times Book Review and 'a writer of striking talent' by the Chicago Tribune, William Gay, with this long-awaited novel, secures his place alongside Faulkner, O'Connor and McCarthy as one of the greatest novelists in the Southern Gothic tradition.

©2018 William Gay (P)2018 Recorded Books Inc

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  • Erica R McKelvey
  • 04-03-2021

Grab ya by the short hairs and shake you silly

I have to think on this one a minute or several in order to articulate my experience of this story, perhaps most especially the fore and after words which were fascinating and ponderable for days. Humans are just so peculiar and tragic.

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