The Heavenly Table

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

In the gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre's literary masters.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
July 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Bob Gebhardt ,

Midwest Grand Guignol

Pollock creates a rousing tale of misery, suffering, destitution, and mayhem, all part of an extended journey, told at a cheerful pace. In a saga worthy of a Quentin Tarantino film rendering, three hapless brothers tumble into a life of crime, on the run and running amok. Every bit part becomes a full character, each with his or her own back story, woven into a tapestry of rural life at the onset of World War I. The reader is drawn into the scene willy-nilly, at times repulsed by the mayhem while sharing the protagonists' hope for an eventual seat at the heavenly table.

Christian S^0{€5 ,

Great book!

Storytelling at its finest. The characters are easy to connect with. This is the 3rd book I’ve read by Pollock and have very much enjoyed all 3.

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