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The Lost Country
The Lost Country
by William Gay


 
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First edition. Signed by Sonny Brewer. New in dust jacket.
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Sonny Brewer, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park and other works and a longtime friend of William Gay's, is helping Dzanc celebrate the release of The Lost Country by organizing and spearheading the release tour in the South. He wrote the foreword.
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New York, NY: Dzanc Books (pub: July 10, 2018)

First Edition. Signed by Sonny Brewer.

Ten years after it was first announced, Dzanc is proud to deliver the lost novel from a master of the Southern Gothic—the work William Gay fans have anticipated for a decade.

Billy Edgewater is a harbinger of doom. Estranged from his family, discharged from the Navy, and touched by a rising desperation, he sets out hitchhiking home to East Tennessee, where his father is slowly dying.

On the road, separately, are Sudy and Bradshaw, brother and sister, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish. All, in one way or another, have their pasts and futures embroiled with D.L. Harkness, a predator in all the ways there are. Hounded at every turn by scams, vigilantes, grievous loss, and unspeakable violence, Edgewater navigates the long road home, searching for a place that may be nothing but memory.

Hailed as “a seemingly effortless storyteller” by the New York Times Book Review and “a writer of striking talent” by the Chicago Tribune, William Gay, with this long-awaited novel, secures his place alongside Faulkner, O’Connor, and McCarthy as one of the greatest novelists in the Southern Gothic tradition.

Born in Tennessee in 1939, WILLIAM GAY began writing at fifteen and wrote his first novel at twenty-five, but didn't begin publishing until well into his fifties. He worked as a TV salesman, in local factories, did construction, hung sheetrock, and painted houses to support himself. He preferred to sit in a kitchen chair at the edge of the woods with a spiral-bound notebook on his knee, writing in his peculiar scrawling longhand. His works include The Long Home, Provinces of Night, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down, Wittgenstein's Lolita, and Twilight. His work has been adapted for the screen twice, That Evening Sun (2009) and Bloodworth (2010). Most recently, his debut novel has been optioned for film. He died in 2012.

SONNY BREWER, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park and other works and a longtime friend of William Gay's, is helping Dzanc celebrate the release of The Lost Country by organizing and spearheading the release tour in the South. He wrote the foreword.

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