The Bloodworths come from Ackerman's Field, Tennessee. Theirs is a rough and violent past and Boyd Bloodworth - father of the hero, Fleming - is intent on continuing the tradition. The year is 1952 and E.F. Bloodworth, Boyd's father, has returned after 20 years of roaming.
" PROVINCES OF NIGHT is simply brilliant. William Gay writes with such astonishing clarity and authenticity that every single word inside this book rings true. Poetic and visceral, his words excavate a corner of the South with a new standard of excellence and readers and writers everywhere are the better for it. A must-read for anyone aware of the changing pulse of American literature."
-- Melinda Haynes, author of Mother of Pearl
" PROVINCES OF NIGHT is an old-fashioned barrel-aged shot of Tennessee storytelling. Gay's tale of ancient wrongs and men with guns is high-proof stuff."
-Elwood Reid, author of What Salmon Know and Midnight Sun
" PROVINCES OF NIGHT is one magnificent achievement, a wise, spare, hilarious, bighearted tale delivered in language as lovely as the Tennessee hills at dusk. To the list of premier Southern writers that includes Harry Crews, Barry Hannah, and Lewis Nordan, add the name of William Gay."
-Tom Franklin, author of Poachers
"It is time to stop calling William Gay an exciting new voice. In PROVINCES OF NIGHT he proves that he is simply one of our finest voices."
--Steve Yarbrough, author of The Oxygen Man
"A staggering talent. Almost a personal revival of handwork in fiction--superb--must be listened to and felt."
-- Barry Hannah, author of Airships and Geronimo Rex
From the Back Cover
It?s 1952, and E.F. Bloodworth is finally coming home to Ackerman?s Field, Tennessee. Itinerant banjo picker and volatile vagrant, he?s been gone ever since he gunned down a deputy thirty years before. Two of his sons won?t be home to greet him: Warren lives a life of alcoholic philandering down in Alabama, and Boyd has gone to Detroit in vengeful pursuit of his wife and the peddler she ran off with. His third son, Brady, is still home, but he?s an addled soothsayer given to voodoo and bent on doing whatever it takes to keep E.F. from seeing the wife he abandoned. Only Fleming, E.F.?s grandson, is pleased with the old man?s homecoming, but Fleming?s life is soon to careen down an unpredictable path hewn by the beautiful Raven Lee Halfacre.
In the great Southern tradition of Faulkner, Styron, and Cormac McCarthy, William Gay wields a prose as evocative and lush as the haunted and humid world it depicts. Provinces of Night is a tale redolent of violence and redemption?a whiskey-scented, knife-scarred novel whose indelible finale is not an ending nearly so much as it is an apotheosis.
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