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By Ben Metcalf

ISBN-10: 1400062691

ISBN-13: 9781400062690

Opposed to the rustic is a present for enthusiasts of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off clergymen, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference at the same time it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural certainly engenders strong, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.

In a voice either completely American and completely new, Ben Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and scary trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. finally it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't really simply the author’s environment; it's a turning out to be, throbbing threat that warps and scars each of his characters’ lives.

Equal elements fiery feedback and icy farce, opposed to the rustic is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to just about our local soil, and the starkest social gathering of the language our land produced. the result's a literary travel de strength that increases the query: was once there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so particular, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered the following?

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But she'd said she'd come in her own car. Then Gloria remembered that the Ainsleys didn't own a car. Glori~ glanced at Dottie, who was squinting in the early-morning sun. Such a poor liar. This was certainly her transportation, ready and waiting, yet she couldn't take it because she'd already told Gloria about the car. And she needn't have lied either. Lots of wives used sedans to go to the Commissary. While Dottie hesitated on the hotel steps, Gloria swiftly reconstructed the events of the night before.

Ran up the steps two at a time, down the length of the wait• 60. ing train to the last car, which had a broad white line painted along its side. " he shouted at the train boy, who nodded. As he stepped into the train, the doors slammed shut. A dozen soldiers were in the car and a couple of civilians. In one corner three Nisei soldiers were pointing out the sights to each other, and in another two very young buck privates were lost in dozens of comic books. He shoved his· hag into an overhead rack and sat down beside ~n older soldier who was looking out the window.

Affection and loathing. He had both loved and despised the Army. Now that Japan had vowed never to fight again this was one responsibility that was no longer his. But one less among so many didn't make much difference. There was his wife, his child, and the uncle who now lived with them. There was his job, so precious • 46. and so coveted by others that he had to fight daily for it. And there was his poverty-so extreme it seemed almost like a joke. He had never been poor before the war and now, after it, could scarcely remember being anything else.

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