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The Barrowfields: A Novel

Authors: Lewis, Phillip
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC045000, FIC019000, FIC043000
ISBN: 9780451495662, Related ISBNs: 0451495640, 0451495659, 0451495667, 1524752371, 152475238X
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 368,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A richly textured coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, home and family, recalling classics by Thomas Wolfe and William Styron, by a powerful new voice in fiction

Just before Henry Aster’s birth, his father—outsized literary ambition and pregnant wife in tow—reluctantly returns to the small Appalachian town in which he was raised and installs his young family in an immense house of iron and glass perched high on the side of a mountain. There, Henry grows up under the writing desk of this fiercely brilliant man. But when tragedy tips his father toward a fearsome unraveling, what was once a young son’s reverence is poisoned and Henry flees, not to return until years later when he, too, must go home again. 
 
Mythic in its sweep and mesmeric in its prose, THE BARROWFIELDS is a breathtaking debut about the darker side of devotion, the limits of forgiveness, and the reparative power of shared pasts.

– SIBA Okra Pick
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