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Fallen Land (Paperback)

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From the critically acclaimed author of Absolution, a "dazzling . . . thrilling . . . downright exhilarating" (The Washington Post) page-turner set in the American heartland.

In Patrick Flanery's tensely brilliant second novel, the layered and tumultuous past of one plot of former farmland comes to haunt its new owners in breathtaking yet deeply meaningful ways.

When Julia and Nathaniel arrive in a luxury suburb of neo-Victorian homes on the edge of a sprawling midwestern city, they have no inkling of its history. For the East Coast couple and their young son, Copley, it is a fresh start, promising a bucolic American future. They buy up the signature home of the development in a foreclosure sale and move in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel--as it did in the development's architect. As the remaining trees on the land bear witness, reality shifts, and the edges of what is right and wrong blur and then vanish, as Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.

About the Author

Patrick Flanery is the author of Absolution, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and short-listed for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Born in California and raised in Omaha, he received his doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594632778
ISBN-10: 1594632774
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Pages: 436
Language: English