Lost Nation: A Novel

Lost Nation: A Novel

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by Jeffrey Lent
     
 

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Lost Nation delves beneath the bright, promising veneer of early-nineteenth-century New England to unveil a startling parable of individualism and nationhood. The novel opens with a man known as Blood, guiding an oxcart of rum toward the wild country of New Hampshire, an ungoverned territory called the Indian Stream -- a land where the luckless or outlawed have made a

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Lost Nation delves beneath the bright, promising veneer of early-nineteenth-century New England to unveil a startling parable of individualism and nationhood. The novel opens with a man known as Blood, guiding an oxcart of rum toward the wild country of New Hampshire, an ungoverned territory called the Indian Stream -- a land where the luckless or outlawed have made a fresh start. Blood is a man of contradictions, of learning and wisdom, but also a man with a secret past that has scorched his soul. He sets forth to establish himself as a trader, hauling with him Sally, a sixteen-year-old girl won from the madam of a brothel over a game of cards. Their arrival in the Indian Stream triggers an escalating series of clashes that serves to sever the master/servant bond between them, and offers both a second chance with life. But as the conflicts within the community spill over and attract the attention of outside authorities, Blood becomes a target to those seeking easy blame for their troubles. As plots unravel and violence escalates, two young men of uncertain identity appear, and Blood is forced to confront dreaded apparitions of his past, while Sally is offered a final escape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555846770
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
199,412
File size:
3 MB

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Lost Nation 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book grabbed hold and didn't let go until the last page. The characters are real , hard, compassionate and crawl into your soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i abosolutely love Lost Nation. It's the best book that i've read in the last ten years at least,and that's saying something because before that i was reading kid stuff, literally. i bought my copy at an airport bookstore, knowing nothing about Lent's previous work, and while the contents surprised me at first i became completely enthrawled and appreciative of their genious. i highly recommend this novel and anything else he writes to anyone who'll listen and often thrust the book at them if they don't. it's just that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting historical fiction with unusual characters and unanticipated events. I liked the description of the terrain and life style of the times portrayed in the novel. A special offering from Barnes and Noble and worth the price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Lent has given us an account of American history rarely so engrossing and entertaining. His harsh discriptions serve to give greater reality to the rough surroundings of this turbulant setting of the backwoods America. I found it very entertaining and have recommended it to my bookclub of women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting so much from this book since all the reviews seemed mostly positive. I was sorely disappointed in this book. The basic plot was good but the character development lacked, not to mention the run on sentences. I ALWAYS finsh books I start but it nearly killed me! VERY slow with a horrible ending. Too expensive for a poor read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LIKE THE HISTORY IN HIS BOOKS, THIS ONE WAS NO DIFFERENT. THE ENDING WAS UNUSUAL BUT INTERESTING.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can think of a thousand words that describe Mr. Lent's second novel, but dull could never be one of them. I highly recommend this book to any and all who set their wandering eyes on the magnificent imaginings of Mr. Lent's Lost Nation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 'In the Fall' first,which is Lent's first book;I was so impressed I immediately bought his new release Lost Nation....Very good...'In the Fall' I mailed to my daughter in Dallas and told her she won't put it down until she has finished every page;Lost nation is that good as well..As I read one other review of this book it said'run,don't walk to your nearest bookstore and purchase this book.'I did and what a wonderful book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Lent is truly a fresh voice in American literature. I enjoy his sweeping, descriptive prose and the depth of his characters. Very satisfying. Although they write in different genres, I would compare the poetic nature of Lent's writing to Shade of the Maple by Kirk Martin, whose vivid prose captures the beauty of Robert Frost and Claude Monet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave it two stars because I think it was probably a good story, but I just couldn't finish it as it was just too slow moving for me.