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From the PublisherThe New York Times Book Review Subtle...powerful...with a profound understanding of the precarious condition called marriage.
James Atlas A powerful and poignant tale...About work and marriage and the ways we betray — and redeem — ourselves....Impressive.
The New York Times The Man Who Owned Vermont is a moving first novel....Bret Lott knows how ordinary people work and love...how intractable human feelings can be...and he shows us, as well, the redemptive powers of love.
Publishers Weekly Snares the reader in the very first sentence...a gripping novel that rings true with uncommon resonance....affecting.
Columbus Dispatch Fully realized and memorable....Anyone who picks up this book will be moved.
Los Angeles Times Engrossing...one of the most interesting stories of the sadness of American men.
Time Recommended Fiction A vivid example of mind and spirit grappling with oppressive fates.
Phillip Lopate author of The Rug Merchant Beautifully written, quietly thrilling, exemplary in its compassion...a stunning debut.
Barry Hannah author of Airships and Hey Jack! Bret Lott is a superb writer. The Man Who Owned Vermont has a deep and truthful message.
Josephine Humphreys author of Dreams of Sleep and Rich In Love An extraordinary book...full of surprises. Bret Lott is a talent to be reckoned with.