In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

By Matt Bell
(Soho Press, Hardcover, 9781616952532, 312pp.)

Publication Date: June 18, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2013 Indie Next List
“In a narrative voice like smooth bourbon, Matt Bell’s excellent debut novel is a modern folktale of opposing elements; lake and dirt, bear and squid, song and ghost. Told with quiet brutality, Bell finds heart and perseverance in nature red in tooth and claw as the unnamed narrator inexorably strives for the woman he loves and the family life he wants against forces vastly more powerful than he could ever hope to be.”
-- Josh Cook, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2013 Indie Next List

In this epic, mythical debut novel, a newly-wed couple escapes the busy confusion of their homeland for a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply, to fish the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt between where they can raise a family. But as their every pregnancy fails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rage at this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wife's beautiful singing voice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts of the woods, the second moon weighing down the fabric of their starless sky, and the labyrinth of memory dug into the earth beneath their house.
This novel, from one of our most exciting young writers, is a powerful exploration of the limits of parenthood and marriage--and of what happens when a marriage's success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.

About the Author
Matt Bell is the author of How They Were Found (Keyhole Press, 2010), a collection of fiction, and CATACLYSM BABY (Mud Luscious Press, 2012), a novella. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Hayden's Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, and Willow Springs, and has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy, as well as shortlisted for Best American Short Stories. He is the Senior Editor at Dzanc Books.
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