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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A bold debut novel weaves a coming-of-age story into the gritty lives and desolate beauty of Vermont's northeast kingdom

Like a cross between Denis Johnson's Already Dead and David Lynch's Blue Velvet, Reap draws us into the hot, still air of a summer backwoods at whose fringes lurk danger and epiphany. Jessup Burke, a lonely, naive sixteen-year old, has grown up without a
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published February 7th 2000)
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Rebekkila
This was a fast moving story of a boy who gets mixed up with a backwoods family of drug dealers. I liked the story, I could picture everything that was going on in the book vividly. The characters were pretty interesting. You had glimpses of them as children, happy and looking forward to a good life but the reality of how they turned out was far from happy or good. Watching sixteen year old Jessup getting sucked into these disillusioned lives was like watching a car crash in slow motion.

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Nick
The ending contained a few of the flaws one might expect in a first novel— it's been too long since I read it to be more specific, but they had to do with "wrapping things up"— but notwithstanding, it's a magnificent book. It perfectly captures the mindset of poor rural Vermonters in an era when the dollar is almighty and the ski industry has brought those dollars to Vermont— but only to be dangled in front of the poor natives, not for them to be actually allowed to partake of— and the ensuing r ...more
Andree
The setting is northeastern Vermont: here. And Rickatd's got it right. Reap strongly reminded me of October Light by John Gardner, who was not a Vermonter. Rickstad is, although not from this remote area. Despite that, Rickstad got the people, climate and geography right. He understands the poverty. This is a slow moving novel and I admit I had problems starting the book and keeping to it. The contrast between the slow beginning and the violent end is stark. Stark like the woods, the wind, and ...more
Cindy
It was engaging with down-to-earth characters and an ending that I didn't see coming!
Pamk
You know, it's very rarely that I give up on a book, but I think I'm giving up on this one. It's really well written and some of the imagery is very powerful, but it's such a downer so far! It's about a bunch of 'losers' - jobless folks living hand to mouth, growing pot and just not people that you'd want to know. I just don't feel like sticking with these people and life's too short ya know?
Thad
did this guy ever write another book? this debut novel was great.
Joe
Feb 22, 2010 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Aris
Would make a better movie.
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Eric Rickstad is the New York Times Bestselling author of THE SILENT GIRLS, a #1 bestselling Nook and #4 bestselling Mystery Kindle novel heralded as intelligent and profound, dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. His first novel REAP, a literary crime novel, was a New York Times Noteworthy Novel. He lives in his home state of Vermont with his lovely wife and daughter.
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