Kings of the Earth

Jon Clinch, Random, $26 (416p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6901-9
In Clinch’s multilayered, pastoral second novel (after Finn), a death among three elderly, illiterate brothers living together on an upstate New York farm raises suspicions and accusations in the surrounding community. After their beloved mother, Ruth, dies, Audie, considered mentally "fragile," is devastated, but goes on tending to the Carversville farm with his brothers Vernon and Creed. When Vernon, frail at 60 and not under a doctor’s care, dies in his bed with evidence of asphyxiation, Creed is interrogated by troopers, along with Audie, the brother closest to Vernon. Family histories and troubles are divulged in short chapters by a cacophony of characters speaking in first person. Secrets and hidden alliances are revealed: Vernon’s nephew, Tom, grew and sold marijuana, which the family used medicinally; the brothers endured painful, bloody haircuts administered by their father. Alongside the police troopers’ investigation, each player contributes his own personal perspectives and motivations, including allusions to homosexual behavior. Inspired by the Ward brothers (of the 1992 documentary My Brother’s Keeper), Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/10/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 617 pages - 978-1-4104-3290-2
Open Ebook - 978-1-58836-991-8
Paperback - 322 pages - 978-1-4811-7540-1
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-1449-7
Paperback - 432 pages - 978-0-8129-8124-7
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