In 1936, in a small town near Charlottesville, Virginia, an aging black caretaker and his sister shot dead a white sheriff acting on orders to turn them off their land. Bloodroot explores the circumstances leading up to the violent standoff as seen through the eyes of Elsa, a young county employee fresh out of school and filled with aspiration and illusion, and those of Wesley, the fifty-year old caretaker of a vanished family's estate.
While Elsa struggles to retain her authority and self-respect, Wesley is haunted by past concessions and his sister's attachment to the land. When he stands in the way of a proposed turpentine plant by refusing the county's purchase offer, both Elsa and Wesley find themselves moving relentlessly toward an end neither wants to reach.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.34(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Aaron Roy Even was raised in Herndon, Virginia. In 1995, he received an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Virginia, where he studied under a Henry Hoyns Fellowship. This is his first novel.
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...a powerful and poetic novel, deeply imagined and brilliantly written. Bloodroot is a major achievement, a book that earns and deserves attention and admiration.
George Garrett, author of Whistling in the Dark, Bad Man Clues, Death of the Fox
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Bloodroot is, quite simply, the finest piece of literature I have never read. Aaron Roy Even is clearly a genius. I heartily recommend -nay, URGE- all lovers of the written word to order this book.