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  • ISBN: 0307272079
  • ISBN: 9780307272072
  • Physical Description: 329 p. : map ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

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Summary, etc.: Returning to his Civil War-era home in the Hudson Valley after a decade-long absence, Will Harp is disconsolate over the violence he has seen between the states and against Native Americans, while others in his community experience prosperity, loss, and new opportunities.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 May #2
    Set in five months in 1864 in the Hudson River Valley, Murkoff's second novel (after Waterborne, 2004) vividly captures the life of the time, the damage done by war, and the ruthlessness of greed. After serving as a doctor in the army and surviving the Shoshone campaign in Utah, Will Harp returns to claim his family homestead in Rondout, guilt-ridden about his actions in the heat of battle and about lack of contact with his father before he died. Will finds an adversary in Mickey Blessing, the charmingly amoral hired muscle of a powerful businessman who needs Will's land to fulfill his dream. Their lives intersect with teenage orphan Coley Hind, who switches allegiance between the two men. This is less focused than Waterborne, which centered on the building of Boulder Dam; instead, it's a sprawling, meandering novel, chock-full of sensory detail that is sometimes painfully acute—as in portraying grief when a loved one is lost in war—and scattered with flashbacks to fill in backstories. Plot matters less here than evocation of time and place, and Murkoff is a master at that. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Bruce Murkoff lives with his wife, the artist Suzanne Caporael, in Stone Ridge, New York.

Subject: New York (State) History Civil War, 1861-1865 Social aspects Fiction
Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) Fiction
City and town life Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
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