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The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan
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“The Ploughmen is part inspired fever-dream, part adventure story, a lyric parable of not just good and evil but of the vast and beautiful and often lonely country in-between. Kim Zupan is a wonder.”
Rick Bass

A fever-dream is quite apt at describing a novel that feels like an unremitting nightmare, one that doesn't reveal its undercurrents immediately but drags on and on and sticks to the skin like an unbroken heatwave.

The strength (and weakness) of this stark and violent novel about the "friendship" that develops between a killer and a young sheriff in Montana is its verbosity. The language is so rich at times that it pulls you away from the immediacy and grimness of the setting. At other times, it is so astonishingly precise that it adds layers and layers of meaning to the ruggedness of a small town drowning in winter and to the quiet domestic despair that swallows a young husband.

A psychological tug of war that is sublimely rendered and felt.

An impressive first novel from a talent to be reckoned with.
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Reading Progress

June 2, 2014 – Shelved
June 2, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
September 18, 2014 – Started Reading
September 19, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Once again an excellent review.


Melanie Thank you! :)


Carol Yes! I'm currently reading this one and your review is splendid, Melanie.


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