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The Clearing

The Clearing

Byron Aldridge, heir to a timber empire, returns from the First World War a changed man and finds refuge as a company policeman in a backwoods Louisiana sawmill. Soon his younger brother Randolph tracks him down, assuming charge of the mill in the hope of rescuing his former idol. But as the brothers try to understand each other and their wives contend with their own hopes and fears, it is Randolph who starts a feud with the Sicilians who control the whisky and girls, and the future grows fearsome for them all.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 21st January 2010

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780340828908

Reviews

Gautreaux captures the fetid atmosphere of a frontier society poised to join the modern world with great skill, each sentence polished to perfection
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Near-perfect ... untouchably good
Alan Warner, <i>Daily Telegraph</i> Summer Books
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Peter Straus, <i>Literary Review</i>
So firmly located and vividly realised that you can almost smell the Louisiana swampwater ... a gripping, action-packed tale, but also a notably intelligent one
Jem Poster, <i>Guardian</i>
Astonishingly powerful ... brilliantly written and the characters in their mire are superbly realised
Toby Clements, <i>Daily Telegraph</i>
An extraordinary novel, one of the best I've read in years
Annie Proulx, <i>Guardian</i> Summer Books