In the Fall

In the Fall

eBook - 2007
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Jeffrey Lent's astonishing debut novel, In the Fall, is already creating a sensation. It has been chosen as a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, preempted for paperback for six figures, and acquired by leading publishers around the world. In the Fall is the extraordinary epic of three generations of an American family, the dark secrets that blister at its core, and the forbidden, transcendent love affairs that fuel its members over the course of six decades. In the twilight of the Civil War, a Union soldier meets a runaway slave and returns with her to his family homestead in Vermont, launching the story of a bold, interracial union and its consequences. This passionate couple and their descendents will grapple with the ongoing devastations of the war, racism, and a haunting family legacy that lie dormant until a grandson is driven to discover the secret of his ancestors. Spanning the post-Civil War era to the edge of the Great Depression, In the Fall is an incredible rendering of a rapidly evolving America -- from life on a farm, through the final years of Prohibition and bootlegging in the resort towns of New Hampshire, to the advent of modern times. Jeffrey Lent's novel is a fierce and utterly compelling vision of an American landscape and history, and an unforgettable portrait of an American family.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9780802196514
0802196519
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

You'll lose yourself completely in this saga that begins in the momentous era of the U.S. Civil War. Jeffrey Lent has woven a story that reflects the pain and degradation of slavery and the prejudice held against interracial marriages. Choices made echo down through three generations after Norman Pelham, a Union soldier, marries Leah, a former slave from North Carolina. Leah never overcomes the ominous feeling of retribution that lingers after her escape. The decisions she makes to settle her soul continue to disturb her family until her grandson unwittingly stumbles upon the truth and leaves us with some small chance of hope.

kmtompkins71 Mar 03, 2011

Amazing! Wonderfully written!

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