Tuesday November 4, 2014
|Photo Credit: Andrew van der Vlies|
2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize shortlisted author read and discussed his new book, Fallen Land.
About Fallen Land
Following the critical acclaim for his debut, Patrick Flanery's Fallen Land is his astonishing break-out novel; a nail-biting story powered by a fierce anger at the utter failure of the American dream, and the greatest fears that lurk in every one of us.
Poplar Farm has been in Louise's family for generations, inherited by her sharecropping forebear from a white landowner after a lynching. Now, the farm has been carved up, the trees torn down; a mini-massacre replicating the destruction of lives and societies taking place all over America. Architect of this destruction is Paul Krovik, a property developer soon driven insane by the failure of his dream. Julia and Nathaniel arrive from Boston with their son, Copley, and buy up Paul's signature home in a foreclosure sale. They move into the half-finished subdivision and settle in to their brave new world. Yet violence lies just beneath the surface of this land, and simmers deep within Nathaniel. The great trees bear witness, Louise lives on in her beleaguered farmhouse, and as reality shifts, and the edges of what is right and wrong blur and are lost, Copley becomes convinced that someone is living in the house with them.
Patrick Flanery is the author of Absolution, which was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Born in California, and raised in Omaha, he received his doctorate from Oxford. His latest book, Fallen Land, is due out from Riverhead in paperback this fall. Flanery lives in London.