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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 02/10/2014
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Ernest Hebert's series of novels set in Darby, New Hampshire, has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "one of the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary American fiction . . . [a series] into which the texture of class is as skillfully woven as it is in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County." After almost fifteen years, Hebert has returned to this rich literary landscape for a new novel of the changing economic and social character of New England. Hebert's previous Darby novel, Live Free or Die, recounted the ill-fated love between Freddie Elman, son of the town trash collector, and Lilith Salmon, child of Upper Darby gentility. At its conclusion, Lilith died giving birth to their son. As Spoonwood opens, Freddie, consumed by grief and anger and struggling with alcoholism, is not prepared to be a father to Birch. But as both his family and Lilith's begin to maneuver for custody of the child, Freddie embarks on a course of action that satisfies none of them. Once again, Hebert masterfully conveys the natural and social landscape of contemporary rural New England. Grounded in complex, fully realized characters, Spoonwood offers Hebert's most optimistic vision yet of acceptance and accommodation across class lines.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781611686296
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 215 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[A] vigorous saga . . . One is reminded of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County or Robertson Davies' Deptford."-- "New York Times Book Review"
Pair the Darby novels with the New England fiction of Richard Russo; both authors bring the same warmth and wry humor to their stories.-- "Booklist"
"Like William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County and Thomas Hardy's Wessex, Darby is not just a setting but an embodiment of the universal ways family and land tie the fates of individuals together. And like his literary predecessors, Hebert--a professor of English at Dartmouth--exhibits a fine-tuned awareness of his region and its people. In Spoonwood, Hebert shapes the New Hampshire woods into creatures and trees with histories of their own that intersect importantly with his human characters' lives. He also makes Darby's social and economic class conflicts exemplary, if perhaps somewhat exaggerated, of many contemporary New England communities."-- "Valley News"
"A meaningful book... I couldn't put the book down... 'Spoonwood' is an intimate story of both the kind of life we dream of and the kind of life we are happy to have been able to avoid. This is the reason, perhaps, why I read the book with such fascination."-- "The Cabinet"

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