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The Ploughmen

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The Ploughmen

By Kim Zupan

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805099515, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

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An "NPR" Best Book of 2014
A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection

A "bleak and brilliant" ("Minneapolis Star Tribune") debut novel,"one of the finest evocations of life in Western America in recent memory, a book that stands alongside Richard Ford's "Rock Springs," Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping," James Welch's "Fools Crow."" (William Kittredge)

Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's "The Ploughmen" is a new classic in the literature of the American West.

At the center of this searing, fever dream of a novel are two men a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together two haunted souls by the secrets they share, and by the rugged country that keeps them.



About the Author
Kim Zupan, a native Montanan, lives in Missoula and grew up in and around Great Falls, where much of The Ploughmen is set. For twenty-five years Zupan made a living as a carpenter while pursuing his writing. He has also worked as a smelterman, pro rodeo bareback rider, ranch hand, Alaska salmon fisherman and presently teaches carpentry at Missoula College. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana.
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