Undiscovered Country

By Lin Enger
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316006941, 308pp.)

Publication Date: July 2008

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“At the end of a day of deer hunting, 17-year-old Jesse Matson hears a shot. He runs to his dad's deer stand to find his father dead, apparently from a self-inflicted rifle shot. This reinterpretation of Hamlet, set in northern Minnesota, is beautifully written and explores theme of betrayal, revenge, and the possibility of forgiveness and redemption.”
-- Sally Wizik Wills, Sister Wolf Books, Park Rapids, MN

Unaware that his life is about to change in ways he can't imagine, seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson ventures into the northern Minnesota woods with his father on a cold November afternoon. Perched on individual hunting stands a quarter-mile apart, they wait with their rifles for white-tailed deer. When the muffled crack of a gunshot rings out, Jesse unaccountably knows something is wrong-and he races through the trees to find his dad dead of a rifle wound, apparently self-inflicted.
But would easygoing Harold Matson" really "kill himself? If so, why?
Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse delves into family secrets, wrestles with questions of justice and retribution, and confronts the nature of his own responsibility. And just when he's decided that he alone must shoulder his family's burden, the beautiful and troubled Christine Montez enters his life, forcing him to reconsider his plans.
In spare, elegant prose, Lin Enger tells the story of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down. Set among pristine lakes and beneath towering pines, "Undiscovered Country "is at once a bold reinvention of Shakespeare's "Hamlet "and a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

About the Author
LIN ENGER is an Iowa Workshop graduate, the author of the novel "Undiscovered Country, "and the recipient of a James Michener Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. His short stories have appeared in "Glimmer Train, Ascent, Great River Review, Wolf Head Quarterly, "and other journals. He teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His website is www.lin-enger.com.
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