Kings of the Earth
By Jon Clinch
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Author of the award-winning novel Finn, Jon Clinch has drawn favorable comparisons to such luminaries as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. With Kings of the Earth, he weaves the compelling tale of a troubled family haunted by dark secrets. On their upstate New York farm, the three aging Proctor brothers-Vernon, Audie, and Creed-eke out a living. When Vernon dies in his sleep, evidence of asphyxiation quickly turns suspicion upon Audie and Creed. The brothers' estranged sister, their protective neighbor, and others are eventually drawn into the case and offer startling insights. But all these differing perspectives obscure the reality of daily life on the farm, and the truth of what happened that fateful day remains shrouded in mystery. In a starred review, Library Journal calls Kings of the Earth "a gritty but nonetheless warm-hearted and beautifully realized novel." A full cast of talented narrators delivers a gripping performance, providing each character with a unique voice. ". Clinch explores family dynamics in this quiet storm of a novel that will stun readers with its power."-Publishers Weekly, starred review