By Lin Enger
A mesmerizing first novel about the death of a father, the return of his ghost and a son's descent into uncertainty and vengeance
While hunting in the cold northern Minnesota woods, seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson's life is forever changed when he discovers his father, dead by a self-inflicted rifle wound to the head.
But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If so, why? And just where was Jesse's uncle Clay--always jealous of Harold, and a bit too friendly with Jesse's mother--that cold afternoon?
Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse searches deeper into the secrets his family holds, and must decide what he will and will not take into his own hands.
Lin Enger is the MFA director at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children
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06 Nov 2008
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Little, Brown US
With flashes of prose as crisp and haunting as the frozen Minnesota setting, Enger's debut...is beautifully rendered — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY