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Fallen Land: A Novel Hardcover – January 12, 2016
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"Like McCarthy's Border Trilogy or Frazier's Cold Mountain, this is American literature at its best, full of art and beauty and the exploration of all that is good and bad in the human spirit." --Kirkus, starred review
"This is a masterpiece that deserves a full serving of accolades." --Booklist, starred review
"Brown’s expressive language captures the harsh realities of the South at the time. A nail-biting journey from first page to last." --Library Journal, starred review
“A story of love and loyalty set within the madness and chaos of war, Fallen Land is also a thrilling fugue, in both senses: of flight, and intricate composition. It is also the story of a revenge quest, the horrors of Sherman's March, a noble horse named Reiver, of sacrifice, endurance, and redemption. No one who reads Fallen Land will ever forget it. In this first novel Taylor Brown proves himself a fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” ―Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, Boone, and The Road from Gap Creek
“A shattering debut that puts one strongly in mind of the young Cormac McCarthy, and the best historical fiction I've read in ages.” ―Pinckney Benedict, author of Town Smokes, The Wrecking Yard, and Dogs of God
“It is rare thing for a writer to have the talent and scope to exhibit both the worst and best of humanity in one book, much less in one scene, but that's what Brown does here: He literally floods the page with violent beauty and devastating grace. Well-known and oft-praised writers will look back on long and storied careers only to wish they had written a debut novel as flawless as Fallen Land.” ―Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home
“Taylor Brown has given us the wonderful tale of Callum, who will make his way through his own private Civil War. His is not so much a war of grand battles and armies, but a real war of personal survival. Powerfully written, wonderfully told, Fallen Land needs to be part of every collection of great storytelling of the American Civil War.” ―Robert Hicks, author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country
"Harrowing and haunting, Brown’s novel travels through the brutality of the Civil War, the desperate yearning of young love, and the glint of hope that can illuminate tragedy. Thanks to Brown’s genius, you don’t just read this book--you inhabit it." --Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
About the Author
Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of Western North Carolina. His fiction has appeared in more than twenty publications, including The Baltimore Review, The North Carolina Literary Review, and storySouth. He is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction, and was a finalist in both the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. An Eagle Scout, he lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Together Callum, his horse Reiver, and Ava make their way, sometimes on horseback, sometimes on foot, from her family home in Virginia. They slowly make their way through the carnage and destruction brought by the war.
Despite their fears, despite a changing landscape and the dangers from man, animal and nature everywhere, with each day and each night its own new horror show, there is an ease to both Callum and Ava that allows their trust to grow as the miles and days go by. Slowly, naturally, sweetly they grow to be a team by choice.
Brown’s prose through “Fallen Land” is gorgeous, raw, perfection for the setting and the era. “Fallen Land” is a stunning debut novel.
The civil war was just an convenient time frame to locate the story line to create interest. If I want to read suffering I read Game of Thrones with fully developed characters I can feel empathy for.