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- DescriptionBefore the Great War, Byron Aldridge had led a charmed life as heir apparent to a Pennsylvania timber empire, and as guide and idol to his younger brother. But he returned from France a different man, drifting away and finally disappearing altogether, until he is discovered working as a constable in a remote Louisiana sawmill. Here, surrounded by cypress swamps and snakes and alligators, men lead lives of backbreaking toil punctuated only by the brutal entertainments offered by the Sicilians who control the whiskey and card games and girls, and by the rough law meted out by Byron. His brother, assuming charge of the mill, struggles to understand him, even as their wives contend with their own hopes and disappointments, and the future grows fearsome for them all. The Clearing is a story of family, of what sustains people through loss, of establishing a community in the deepest wilderness and then defending it. Palpably atmospheric, with a remarkable range of characters and emotions, it displays Tim Gautreaux's masterly understanding of time, place, and human nature.
- Author BiographyBorn and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux has taught fiction for many years and lives with his family in Hammond. His work has appeared in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. His first novel, The Next Step in the Dance, won the 1999 SEBA Book Award, and he has also published two collections of short fiction.
- Author(s)Tim Gautreaux
- PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division
- Date of Publication22/09/2003
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Out-of-print date20/04/2005
- Weight567 g
- Width145 mm
- Height35 mm
- Spine222 mm
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