In 1999 William Gay's debut novel The Long Home signaled the arrival of a bold new voice in American fiction. In a rave review in the New York Times Book Review, Tony Earley wrote, "In the high tradition of the Southern novel, Gay is unafraid to tackle the biggest of the big themes, nor does he shy away from the grand gesture that makes those themes manifest," and the Denver Post heralded it as "a novel of great emotional power."
With PROVINCES OF NIGHT, Gay's talent is undeniable. The year is 1952, and E. F. Bloodworth has returned to his home--a forgotten corner of Tennessee--after twenty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanizing alcoholic, Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife's lover, and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mamma's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with the reverence his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can poison a man's soul. Fleming, a seventeen-year-old dreamer, interprets this seemingly stark world with the uncynical wit and wisdom of the young. When he encounters Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from a neighboring town, he slowly finds the courage to face this family curse.
In a tale redolent with the crumbling loyalties and age-old strife of the South, Gay's characters inhabit a world driven by blood ties that strangle as they bind.
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In his second novel, Provinces of Night, William Gay re-creates the oppressive, evocative atmosphere of the American Deep South that he first explored in his debut novel, The Long Home. Against the backdrop of rural Tennessee in the 1950s, our teenage protagonist, Fleming Bloodworth, finds himself alone in the family home after his father, Boyd, abandons him to hunt down and kill his wife's lover. At the same time, Fleming's grandfather decides to return to his family after 20 years of self-imposed exile. He returns to discover that his remaining two sons, Warren and Brady, are in turn an alcoholic womanizer and a Bible-quoting fantasist who enjoys putting curses on his enemies.
This is a self-consciously big novel in the Southern tradition that could easily have buckled under the weight of its own ambition. Instead, Gay pulls it off with ease, presenting us with a stream of unforgettable characters. While the central themes of love, loyalty, and forgiveness are explored seriously and sensitively, the finely wrought prose is also sprinkled with moments of genuine humor as Gay proves that he's not afraid to gently mock his gang of Southern eccentrics. This is a wonderful novel and a worthy successor to the tradition it so obviously admires. --Jane Morris, Amazon.co.ukFrom the Back Cover:
"PROVINCES OF NIGHT is simply brilliant. William Gay writes with such astonishing clarity and authenticity that every single word inside this book rings true. Poetic and visceral, his words excavate a corner of the South with a new standard of excellence and readers and writers everywhere are the better for it. A must-read for anyone aware of the changing pulse of American literature."
-- Melinda Haynes, author of Mother of Pearl
"PROVINCES OF NIGHT is an old-fashioned barrel-aged shot of Tennessee storytelling. Gay's tale of ancient wrongs and men with guns is high-proof stuff."
-Elwood Reid, author of What Salmon Know and Midnight Sun
"PROVINCES OF NIGHT is one magnificent achievement, a wise, spare, hilarious, bighearted tale delivered in language as lovely as the Tennessee hills at dusk. To the list of premier Southern writers that includes Harry Crews, Barry Hannah, and Lewis Nordan, add the name of William Gay."
-Tom Franklin, author of Poachers
"It is time to stop calling William Gay an exciting new voice. In PROVINCES OF NIGHT he proves that he is simply one of our finest voices."
--Steve Yarbrough, author of The Oxygen Man
"A staggering talent. Almost a personal revival of handwork in fiction--superb--must be listened to and felt."
-- Barry Hannah, author of Airships and Geronimo Rex
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Descripción Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0385499272
Descripción Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0385499272
Descripción Doubleday, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110385499272
Descripción Doubleday, New York, 2001. Original Wraps. Estado de conservación: Very Fine. No Jacket. First Edition - First Printing. Stated First Edition of this uncorrected proof copy. Light tanning to page edges, else a very fine and unread copy of the Advance Reading copy in original glossy pictorial wraps (trade paperback format), which are now Brodart protected. Receiving great critical praise, this is the Tennessee author's second book, following the acclaimed "The Long Home", winner of the James A. Michener Award and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Not inscribed or otherwise marked. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 011140
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803854992791.0