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A story of violence at the heart of a pastoral landscape, from the author of Indie Next pick and All Iowa Reads selection Little Wolves
Recovering from a terrible auto accident just before the turn of the millennium, college dropout and hobbyist computer-game programmer Lucien Swenson becomes the caretaker of a house in northern Minnesota. Shortly after moving in, Lucien sets out to find a woman with whom he had an affair, who vanished along with money stolen from the bank where they had worked together.
His search will take him to Rose of Sharon, a white supremacist church deep in the wilderness, where a cabal of outcasts await the end of the world at a place they call The Land. Lucien is visited at the house by a mysterious guest, who may not be who she claims, as well as a vast flock of violent ravens out of an apocalyptic vision. At once a mystery and spiritual noir, The Land explores the dark side of belief, entrenched white supremacy in the Heartland, the uniquely American obsession with end times, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.
Maltman's middling latest (after The Night Birds) centers on a man's search for his missing lover in the winter of 1999 among religious zealots in the Minnesota hinterlands. With Y2K looming, Lucien Swenson takes a job house-sitting at an isolated homestead, ostensibly to recover from a car accident that thwarted his plans to finish college and embark on a career as a game programmer. But the set-up is a cover for Lucien's investigation into what happened to Maura, his lover he last saw in the summer. Maura was the young wife of a preacher at the Rose of Sharon fundamentalist church, and she lived among other faithful congregants in a cultlike encampment called the Land. After Lucien moves near the church, he adopts an assumed name and integrates into its community of violent, racist believers led by blind matriarch Mother Sophie. As Lucien searches for Maura, he becomes complicit in the church's preparations for a Y2K apocalypse and the subsequent race war the cult believes is coming. Unfortunately, heavy-handed symbolism and convoluted plotting mar the intriguing set-up, and Lucien's search for Maura ends up being little more than a MacGuffin. While Lucien is an enjoyably slippery narrator, the work as a whole feels undercooked. \n