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New PDF release: Against the Country: A Novel

By Ben Metcalf

ISBN-10: 1400062691

ISBN-13: 9781400062690

Opposed to the rustic is a present for fanatics of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off monks, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference whilst it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural clearly engenders strong, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.

In a voice either completely American and completely new, Ben Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and frightening trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. ultimately it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't purely the author’s atmosphere; it's a turning out to be, throbbing threat that warps and scars each one of his characters’ lives.

Equal elements fiery feedback and icy farce, opposed to the rustic is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to with regards to our local soil, and the starkest occasion of the language our land produced. the result's a literary travel de strength that increases the query: used to be there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so specific, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered right here?

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Eve’s empirical existence in the phenomenal world gave her an edge on Gretel as a candidate for the object of my longings and subject of my reveries. After turning off the lamps and on the Mickey Mouse nightlight, Sally left the room with warnings of what she’d do to me if she heard a peep from either of us. Listening to the sound of the party, I heard unintelligibly mingled boisterous conversations, the popping of champagne corks, the clinking and clattering of glasses, silverware, and plates, and rolls of jubilant laughter, out of which I could, now and then, discern the inimitably exuberant guffaw of my father.

I began to think about her more than I thought about Eve. I was once again, I realized, falling in love. Wrapping a small beige towel around my waist, over my bathing briefs, to parade around the pool, I’d imagine, as I strutted past her, that I probably reminded her of the son of Tarzan. He was a good swimmer too. ” If, as was most often the case, Mrs. Wiener was late in picking her daughter up, Sally May Carter, after commanding us (the girl first and then me) to change into dry clothes in the pool house, would serve us a snack by the pool.

Sweet Jesus! When the time comes, you’ll know just how to give your little Gretel all the sweet lovin’ she wants. ” “It’s called a penis,” I said, flaunting my mastery of the technical terminology. ” When my mother came home from the hospital, I asked her if it had been painful. “No,” she lied, “not at all. ” After being coerced into cradling my new brother in my arms, I was informed by my proud father that Robert was circumcised, just like us. He showed me the bandaged penis and the dried remains of the umbilical cord.

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