The Evening Road (Hardcover)

By Laird Hunt

Little Brown and Company, 9780316391283, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

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Description

"A strange, dazzling novel, as audacious as it is lyrical, The Evening Road hauls up insight, sorrow, and even--somehow--wit from the well of American history." - Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room and The Wonder
"Illuminates its time better than any staid sepia period piece ever could." -- New York
Two women, two secrets: one desperate and extraordinary day.
In the high heat of an Indiana summer, news spreads fast. When Marvel, the local county seat, plans to lynch three young black men, word travels faster. It is August, 1930, the height of the Jim Crow era, and the prospect of the spectacle sends shockwaves rumbling through farm country as far as a day's wagon-ride away.
Ottie Lee Henshaw, a fiery small-town beauty, sets out with her lecherous boss and brooding husband to join in whatever fun there is to be had. At the opposite end of the road to Marvel, Calla Destry, a young African-American woman determined to escape the violence, leaves home to find the lover who has promised her a new life.
As the countryside explodes in frenzied revelry, the road is no place for either. It is populated by wild-eyed demagogues, marauding vigilantes, possessed bloodhounds, and even by the Ku Klux Klan itself. Reminiscent of the works of Louise Erdrich, Edward P. Jones, and Marilynne Robinson, The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable woman on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.


About the Author

Laird Hunt is the author, most recently, of Neverhome, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection, IndieNext selection, winner of the Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine and The Bridge prize, and a finalist for thePrix Femina Etranger. A resident of Boulder, CO, he is on the faculty in the creative writing PhD program at the University of Denver, where he edits the Denver Quarterly.
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