In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater - and closer at hand - than any the boy can imagine.
William Gay was born and raised in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Equipped with literary skills and language craftsmanship gained only from reading and hours of writing thousands of longhand pages—no college, no writing classes—Gay rose to become, in the words of Stephen King, “…an American treasure laboring in obscurity in the hills of Tennessee.” Often compared to Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, while by no means a household name, through three novels, collections of short stories and essays, and two movies (so far) adapted from his work, is now counted among the great Southern writers he admired so much—Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Conner, and others. Willliam Gay passed away at his home in March 2012.
“...It belongs in that class you took in college called The American Novel...”
Publication Date: November 1, 1999
trim size: 6 x 9