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The Clearing - Tim Gautreaux


Published: 15th July 2004
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Byron Aldridge, heir to a timber empire, returns from the First World War a changed man and finds refuge as a company policeman in a backwoods Louisiana sawmill. Soon his younger brother Randolph tracks him down, assuming charge of the mill in the hope of rescuing his former idol. But as the brothers try to understand each other and their wives contend with their own hopes and fears, it is Randolph who starts a feud with the Sicilians who control the whisky and girls, and the future grows fearsome for them all.

So firmly located and vividly realised that you can almost smell the Louisiana swampwater ... a gripping, action-packed tale, but also a notably intelligent one - Jem Poster, Guardian

Astonishingly powerful ... brilliantly written and the characters in their mire are superbly realised - Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

An extraordinary novel, one of the best I've read in years - Annie Proulx, Guardian Summer Books

I cannot recommend it highly enough. - Peter Straus, Literary Review

Gautreaux captures the fetid atmosphere of a frontier society poised to join the modern world with great skill, each sentence polished to perfection - Independent on Sunday

Near-perfect ... untouchably good - Alan Warner, Daily Telegraph Summer Books

ISBN: 9780340828908
ISBN-10: 0340828900
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 15th July 2004
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1