Fallen Land

Fallen Land

Book - 2013
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Poplar Farm has been in Louise's family for generations, inherited by her sharecropping forebear from a white landowner after a lynching. Now, the farm has been carved up, the trees torn down; a mini-massacre replicating the destruction of lives and societies taking place all over America. Architect of this destruction is Paul Krovik, a property developer soon driven insane by the failure of his dream. Julia and Nathaniel arrive from Boston with their son, Copley, and buy up Paul's signature home in a foreclosure sale. They move into the half-finished subdivision and settle in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel. The great trees bear witness, Louise lives on in her beleaguered farmhouse, and as reality shifts, and the edges of what is right and wrong blur and are lost, Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780857898777
Branch Call Number: FLA
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is a new and talented writer who has crafted here a sort of modern-day allegory for displacement and delusion. Disturbing at a very subliminal level, recalling the feeling that something troubling is just out of sight, lurking in the corner...

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marcrrussell
Apr 01, 2014

though it could have been edited down to 325 pages or so, the writing and the pace were terrific. It reinforces my belief in the creepiness of the suburbs and the risk of self-delusion we all skirt around. Loved the scene where the father is frightened by the 'middle-eastern' same-sex partner of his neighbor, but NOT so much the man in camo hunting deer in his backyard!!

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jimcain
Jan 19, 2014

Well written but from quite a futuristic negative view of the world.

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