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Senator Kip Davies is dead, shot execution-style by a man news reports call a member of "an ultra-right-wing militia" from Maine. The hunt for the killer is nationwide, and yet the wounded assassin, Robert Drummond, has found refuge where he might least expect it-in the home of an out-of-town senator. There, the senator's wife and daughter become Drummond's protectors-if n ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 6th 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1999)
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Daniel
Sep 14, 2008 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real disappointment. I hated it, but not because of its politics. I'll admit that I don't sympathize with the book's clear political bent. But more than that, I feel that the author's political worldview has driven her to write a book that is beyond her capacities as a writer--the richness and realism of her first novel has been sacrificed to tell a story she seems to need to tell, and while I suppose I respect her need to do so, the result's simply not a compelling read.

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Brendan
Jul 15, 2007 Brendan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Snow Man is one of the worst books I've ever read. Still. From a profile I once wrote of Carolyn Chute:

The critics adored her debut, The Beans of Egypt, Maine, in 1985, while subsequent reaction was decidedly mixed. The New York Times called her third novel, Merry Men, "bad," while also naming it a notable book of the year for 1994. The paper described her latest work, Snow Man, as "absurd and rather ugly." The Houston Chronicle thought it "plainly sophomoric," while a reviewer in Cleveland labe
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Venessa
May 12, 2012 Venessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book very carefully, since everywhere I turned I seemed to read how the brilliant Carolyn Chute was pretty much ostracized from the literary community after it was published. My only complaint is that I wish the characters were more developed - I think more readers may have understood what she was trying to communicate if they had been. Robert for instance, was beautifully drawn, especially in an era of growing discontent as symbolized by the Occupy movement. Of course, this book was ...more
Ilya
Feb 22, 2015 Ilya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my first Carolyn Chute. It's a slight book, and a sort of preposterous story, and I'm impressed. She's a really clever, entertaining, pleasurable writer. Want to try more by her. Great little story. Almost like a play.
Booknblues
Jan 24, 2016 Booknblues rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I had on my shelf forever before reading it and quite truthfully, I preferred it gathering dust.

It is a fairy tale of the right wing militia . The hero assassinates an evil senator and is hailed as a hero even while he is being hunted by the FBI.

He has been injured and he finds safe haven in the home of another senator. He is harbored by the senators wife and daughter and they both lust after him.

His cause is weakly stated, but I suppose the good of the book comes from quite possi
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Alicia D
Mar 31, 2016 Alicia D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
didn't like it. stopped reading.
just couldn't get into it at all and i loved her other books. oh well...
Carla Baku
I could not be a bigger fan of Carolyn Chute's work, but this one had some major flaws. It is not the political stance of the work that detracted for me, but the massive improbabilities of the plot. Although Chute's remarkable prose is evident in this novel, it was seriously underwritten, with a few ill-conceived conceptual choices. So very glad I didn't read this novel first, as it would have prevented me from picking up any other Carolyn Chute work--and I would have missed out on the amazing M ...more
Emily
Apr 04, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you cross a delusional domestic terrorist seeking refuge with delusional, crazy, rich women? This book. I did like the writing style, choppy, slightly crazy; fits right in with the characters. The story line is too far fetched though and does not in any way resemble a reality that could be realized. It was fun though.
David
Mar 06, 2009 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't entirely sure what I thought of this book. It is
about a militia member who kills a U.S. senator and goes to
bed with the guy's wife and daughter...

Carolyn Chute's politics are eccentric. She had formed
a somewhat left-leaning militia group...half in jest.
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Chute's first, and best known, novel, The Beans of Egypt, Maine, was published in 1985 and made into a 1994 film of the same name, directed by Jennifer Warren. Chute's next two books, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts (1988) and Merry Men (1994), are also set in the town of Egypt, Maine.

Chute also speaks out publicly about class issues in America and publishes "The Fringe," a monthly collection of in-d
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