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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582437955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582437958
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,310,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Other Shoe

"Haunting, beautifully observed." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Matt Pavelich is a native Montanan, he knows that world inside and out, and The Other Shoe is rich with details that convince, insights that amaze. His prose is among the most impressive now being written, elegant, nuanced, rough when needed, the high and low of language. The Other Shoe, is a brilliant novel of crime, love, and the American West, and it deserves a wide readership.” —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

“[A] literary study of the lives of outliers, a story of love, of sacrifice, of a man with a sense of responsibility as clear as the mountain air... an accomplished and affecting story of love and loyalty, accountability and honor.” —Kirkus

“With the publication of this wonderfully engaging novel—at once heartbreaking and comic—set in the darkest, dankest woods of northwestern Montana, Matt Pavelich affirms that his magisterial first novel, Our Savage, was no fluke. Once again, in perfectly chiseled (and irresistible) prose, he offers us a new vision of the American West, in which innocence is no bar to evil and good people search for expiation wherever it might be found. Matt Pavelich is that rare thing in American letters: a truly original voice.” —Rick Newby, editor, The New Montana Story: An Anthology


“Sometimes you know immediately where you are—a phrase by Charlie Parker, a Jackson Pollock seen across a room. That’s the way it is after a sentence or two of Matt Pavelich’s. The writing is nimble, mordant, witty, each of its many characters rendered with a generosity and insight that make them hard to forget. The Other Shoe is a remarkable achievement, the book those who’ve been following Matt Pavelich’s career have been waiting for. For the rest, here’s your chance to find out why.” —Ehud Havazelet, author of Bearing the Body

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Beer on February 4, 2013
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This is top-shelf character-driven fiction. "The Other Shoe" is so unusual and compelling in its approach to story-telling because it is the very limitations of the main characters that create the major events in this heart-breaking Montana novel. The narrative introduces us to complex Western folk living in and around a declining small town in a poor, mostly rural county. Matt Pavelich gets into the secret hearts of these people and his careful, exact portrayals of them give us fascinating characters who come alive in surprising ways. Pavelich also has a keen eye for details, the kind of grounding details that only someone who has been raised and nurtured by a place can notice and observe and accurately portray. The writing is gorgeous, the prose surprising and exact, and while the main story may be thought of as a tragedy, there are bright bursts of comedy, including the funniest wedding scene you will ever read.

If you want to enter a part of the Montana experience that has been largely overlooked all these years by Montana's many fine writers, do yourself a favor and get a copy of "The Other Shoe." You'll find yourself staying up too late at night, unable to put this one down. The characters will linger in your imagination long after you've finished reading. They are, as the best characters do, still haunting me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NoCo on August 30, 2012
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Got this from the library based on the review in High Country News... By the way, re: last review - Montana is in the Rocky Mountain West, not the midwest. The story is set in Montana and gets off to a slow start, you are not sure where the story is going to take you. All I can say is there are so many twists and turns, with an ending....wow, I better not say. I was not truly understanding why the latter half of the book concentrated on Henry's incarcerated time, but when you get to the end, it is all pulled together. Couldn't put this one down.
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I got this based on a review in High Country News and I found it to be bitter-sweet, well written. All the characters are believable and sympathetic. The author shows an intimate knowledge of small town life in the mid-west. Good read!!
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