Pilgrims Upon the Earth: A Novel
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Pilgrims Upon the Earth: A Novel

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Brad Land’s acclaimed memoir, Goat, was a riveting, brilliantly crafted account of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood. Now here is Land’s remarkable fiction debut, a haunting novel of a stark, troubled coming-of-age.

At fifteen, Terry Webber hovers uneasily between child and man. His father, the second-shift foreman at the textile plant in their South Carolina town, is...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Random House (first published 2007)
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This was a weird read, but a really pleasing one. I want to write more about it, for my webpage, so look for something like that someday, perhaps. It'll be all about what is happening here with the voice, which is really foregrounded here, and which doesn't quite seem the exclusive possession of the narrator/ focalizer. In other words, it sort of comes from outside the book and presses down on the characters, the story, etc, not always in service of them. But still, pretty killer, and ballsy.

Like other reviewers stated, this book is difficult to read due to the author's unusual writing style. I had to read almost every chapter twice before it made any kind of sense.

I did finish the book, but it was waaaay too much work and I skipped several parts because it was too angsty for me. Reading this book reminded me of reading a teenager's overwrought diary.
This probably isn't a fair review as I barely started reading this book before I gave up on it. The author has a very weird way of writing - several times, I read an entire chapter and then thought to myself, "What in the world is going on?" I guess I didn't have the patience for this book.
Or I should say tried to read. Just didn't hold my interest, which is a shame because his memoir was so good.
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