Fourth of July Creek

$ 26.99

Smith Henderson

Signed first editions

A Summer 2014 Turnrow 20 selection

A bold, messy heart-wrenching debut that follows a social worker, whose life in small-town Montana, 1980, is as topsy-turvy as those of the clients he is hired to help, including an anti-government survivalist hellbent for Doomsday. This novel reminded us fondly of Larry Brown, Denis Johnson & early Cormac -- a real treat for readers unafraid to venture down into the dark and come up exhilarated.

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

In this shattering and iconic American novel, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion, and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. Fourth of July Creek is an unforgettable, unflinching debut that marks the arrival of a major literary talent.