David Payne Ruin Creek

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“Masterful . . . Somewhere between Faulkner and Conroy.”—The Denver Post

In Ruin Creek, David Payne revisits North Carolina’s windswept Outer Banks and the Madden family. Writing in the contrapuntal voices of eleven-year-old Joey and his parents, May and Jimmy, David Payne portrays a family that breaks apart, heals, and endures. Joey bears the burden of his parents’ increasingly unhappy union. As he struggles to cope with his fractured family life, Joey turns to his grandfather who explains that “a time may come when a person has to let go of what he loves in order to save himself.”

Imbued in Payne’s trademark lyrical prose and psychological acuity, this is a novel “full of life, full of wisdom, full of words that singe, sing, and somehow console” (The Boston Globe).

“The most gifted novelist of his generation.”—The Dallas Morning News

“A powerful, lyrical novel that is a joy to read.”—The New York Times Book Review

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David Payne is the critically acclaimed author of five novels and a memoir, Barefoot to Avalon. He attended Philips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books have been translated into many languages and have been international bestsellers. He lives in Hillsboro, North Carolina.

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I begin with what may seem a bold observation: David Payne is the most gifted American novelist of his generation. Not to put to fine a point on it, "Ruin Creek" is the best new novel I've read this year. As in "Early from the Dance," he sets his literary table on the Carolina Outer Banks, a literary territory as palpable in these pages as Tobacco Road in Erskine Caldwell's works or the Salinas Valley in John Steinbeck's -- Dallas Morning News

David Payne may not be the most publicized American novelist homing in on 40, but he is certainly the most gifted.  "Ruin Creek" is full of life, full of wisdom, full of words that singe, sing and somehow console... The strength of "Ruin Creek" is in the interplay of voices, the people, the rootedness in time and place that alone can support a flowering into the universal.  There is a shimmer of nostalgia over the whole novel, and the glare of human cruelty cuts right through it, but neither cancels the other out: this is a rare achievement. 
--Boston Globe

In his fine new novel, "Ruin Creek," [David Payne] writes of a people and a place from deep in his heart. Mr. Payne knows the hopes, fears and habits of his characters, and weaves a powerful, lyrical story for them that is a joy to read.
--The New York Times Book Review

[Payne] understands that place most families inhabit--somewhere between love and necessity, between truth and myth, between self and the expectations, the dreams and, ultimately, the separateness of others.  "Ruin Creek" has an elegiac beauty.  It celebrates the power of family love, even as it chronicles its dying... Writing this fine evokes a past time, but also a state of boyhood that is timeless.
--Washington Post Book World

This is an extraordinary work, richly textured and painfully precise in its rendering of emotion. Stories this brilliant are told only by the masters of fiction, a short list to which the name of David Payne now belongs.
--The Providence Journal

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