Pale Harvest

Pale Harvest

by Braden Hepner


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ISBN-13: 9781937226398
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Braden Hepner graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2009 and now lives in Idaho with his wife and son. This is his first novel.

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Pale Harvest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Braden Hepner’s opening novel is not an easy read. It’s not because of difficult language, nor literary forms that might forbade the casual reader from accessing its contents. Rather, Pale Harvest is difficult to read because of its darkness. No character in this book, from Jack to Rebekah to Roydn to Heber, is free of demons, be they of the characters’ own creation or forced upon them by the actions of others. On every page of the book, these demons are continuously unveiled, laid bare for the reader to observe and consider, with every intimate detail of their nature conveyed with concise, exacting precision. What results is a story that shocks, that disgusts, that causes the reader to contemplate his or her own demons and whether there are any redeeming qualities left in humanity itself. And yet, despite these things, the slightest shimmer of some powerful force keeps the reader coming back: hope. This book is no fairy tale. It’s real. It’s raw. Its ending is one that would be difficult to construe as “happy.” But because of the realness, because of the rawness, hope in its dimmed, diluted state as depicted in Hepner’s novel seems to hold more power than in those stories where hope pervades every waking moment, assuring the reader that absolutely everything will turn out perfectly in the end. By embracing reality, Hepner acknowledges its harshness and unfairness, but also powerfully asserts that hope still holds a place in reality. This hope may be small – even that tomorrow might not be as bad as today – but it is still hope nonetheless, and it’s enough to keep moving forward. With this lesson in mind, Hepner has crafted a masterful portrait into the human experience with all its dirt, grime, and evil, and found a way to leave the reader unsure of, yet hopeful for what is to come, in spite of it all.
susanibird More than 1 year ago
Jack Selvedge hasn’t known much but work, responsibility, scarcity, emotional stuntedness and death his entire life, and the setting of Pale Harvest reflects his soul: barren and starved, with pockets of sheer beauty.  His grandpa Blair, his friends Heber and Seth, the enticing Rebekah, and even the book’s minor characters, are fleshed and full, authentic, leaping to life through Hepner’s apt and incisive words. Gritty, at times devastating, Jack’s tale is that of a dying way of life in a re-constructing land—the experiences of his youth will not be replicated by the next generation, and this loss is felt in fire, drownings, and death at both beginnings and endings of lives.  With a uniquely powerful vision and a well-honed craft, Hepner takes the reader deep into what it means to live in a disrupted world.