In the Fall

In the Fall

by Jeffrey Lent
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In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent


“Majestic . . . epic . . . vital . . . a necessary piece in a uniquely American mosaic.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Right from the start of this engrossing family saga, you know that you’re in the hands of a storyteller who knows just where he’s going. . . . You can hear echoes of Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy in Lent’s prose. But the presiding geniuses of this dark novel’s painterly, poetic scenes are Robert Frost and the artist Winslow Homer . . . flint-eyed Yankees who never saw a paradise that didn’t have a snake.”—Newsweek

A national bestseller and a New York Times notable book, now in Grove Press paperback for the first time, In the Fall is a richly layered epic that conjures the history of three generations of an American family and the dark secrets that blister at its core. At the close of the Civil War, Norman Pelham, son of a Vermont farmer, is found wounded by Leah, an escaped slave harboring a devastating secret. The two become lovers as Leah nurses Norman back to health, and journey north together as man and wife. Their son forsakes the family for the anonymous world of bootlegging and nightclubs, but long-buried truths come to light when their grandson is driven to retrace his history and disentangle his complicated inheritance. Spanning the post-Civil War era to the edge of the Great Depression, In the Fall is a fierce, gripping vision of an American landscape and history, and an unforgettable portrait of an American family.

“A stunning success . . . Builds like a thunderstorm coming over the horizon.”—The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802121981
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 468,595
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author


Jeffrey Lent is the author of four novels: After You've Gone, A Peculiar Grace, Lost Nation, and In the Fall, which was a national best seller.

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In the Fall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the best novel I've read in the past five years. It is lyrical, rich, incredibly intricate and passionate, but at the same time a good solid narrative. Here is what William Faulker tried to do, but could not quite pull it off. Here is what Cormac McCarthy does occasionally in his best passages. The amazing thing is that Jeffrey Lent does it consistently, page after page. A marvel. It is the type of book you wish would never end.
jmay More than 1 year ago
Although I felt the writing to be unnecessarily detailed, particularly with regard to life on the farm, or the description of landscapes, at its heart I found the story to be captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Anyone who is interested in the Civil War time period, Reconstruction, or the societal and generational impact of slavery on American culture would find this book a good read. The regular sexual interludes, while realistic in the animalistic, romantic and violent episodes didn't contribute much to the story for me, although I didn't find them gratuitous. There were also one too many cliches for my liking. This book likely could have been shortened by at least 10% and still provided the storyline its full impact.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'In the Fall' is the best book I've ever read in my life. That's not saying a lot since I'm only a teenager, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a really good book. It has really strong, positive themes, even though it might not display them in a very "family movie" type of presentation. It is definitely a book that everyone should read at some point. It has taught me valuable lessons that will probably influence all of the decisions in my life. Below, I've listed several more books that have had a profound impact on my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book while living abroad in 2008. I was touched deeply by it. I reccomend this book to people who like historical fiction, mystery and family sagas. I still remember the characters qith fondness.
booklover3333 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful depiction of life in rural Vermont in the early 1900's. The characters were detailed. The story was enthralling, I couldn't put it down. Only complaint is the ending, it's good and keeps you guessing but left me unsatisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader; the more I read the pickier I get. This is by far one of the most intelligent, well crafted, poetic, and meaningful books I have ever read. This book is filled with passion and a keen insight into the lives of three individuals that span three generations beginning with slavery of the civil war. Run, don't walk to your nearest book store and get this one!
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VERY GOOD POST CIVIL WAR HISTORICAL NOVEL. ALTHOUGH EXTREAMLY WELL DETAILED IN GREAT LENGTH, IT LEAVES YOU WITH A GOOD SENCE OF WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN THOSE DAYS. I HAVE ALREADY RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK AS A GOOD READ.
Undo More than 1 year ago
This is a good story and thought provoking, when I was finally done. It's not an easy read, too descriptive, long, and ultimately, depressing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book after previously reading Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season. I had high hopes as this book came highly recommended. However, I felt the prose dragged along in many spots and was difficult to follow at times (perhaps due to the author's overuse of fragments). The multigenerational story is interesting and the characters are well drawn, but I feel the story could have been told in about half the pages and still been as effective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Help - get this out of THE BARGAIN BIN and back with the classics of the 20th century. It's really incredible that Mr. Lent could write this without having actually lived it...one of the criteria that make good writing GREAT. Reading it makes you want to undo the main character's trip to the hideous South, just so she can be there for a sequel. Alas, not to be, but how much we come to care!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader. After the first 100 pages, I began to be a little skeptical that I would find this novel an exceptional read. But suddenly, Jeffrey Lent pulled me into the story, and I flew through the remaining pages. Lent does a great job of describing everything in great detail from the landscape to the industry to the characters. I would recommend this book to those especially interested in historical novels/multigenerational sagas. If you can make it through the beginning, the remainder of the book will make you appreciate the story as a whole. Lent lends his writing skills to the humanity of the human race, our weaknesses and strengths. The last twenty pages were the most captivating that Lent explained how human nature leads us to treat people, whether it be because of gender, race, or religion. He delves into an area of the mind and soul that leaves you really contemplating your own reaction to the situation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! I could not put it down! Lent's writing is eloquent and evocative! Beautifully written! I was dissapointed when I finished, I wanted more! I am looking foward to reading his latest, 'Lost Nation'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I listened to this novel on tape, and would hate to get out of the car at my destination. This story is so intriguing that you can't wait to find out what is going to happen next. Then, when you do find out what happens next, it is something you did not plan on!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Lent beautifully traces the loving but also at times very painful roots of an American family....the reader cannot help but be absorbed by the challenges of race set forth in this book....definitely a book that must be read.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hands down, this is the best novel I have read in many years. And I read a lot. The writing is breathtakingly beautiful. To think that this is a first novel truly awes me. I recommend this book at least once a day. I cannot say enough about this novel or his new one -- Lost Nation. What an incredible talent!
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
this was a well written. i live in vermont and am familiar with the places mentioned in the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a first time novelist myself ('The Legacy', Savage Press, 2000). As such, I enjoy reading debut efforts from other writers. Sometimes the books soar, the charecters compel and the plot delights. Other times, I can't figure out all the hype attached to a particular book. With Jeff Lent's initial offering, there's no debate. 'In the Fall' is as good as it gets the first time around. The book has a lot to say about life, race and the inner demons that plague we humans. In a nutshell, a winner.