Against the Country: A Novel by Ben Metcalf

By Ben Metcalf

Opposed to the rustic is a present for fanatics of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off monks, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference while it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural certainly engenders stable, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.

In a voice either completely American and completely new, Ben Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and frightening trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. finally it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't really only the author’s surroundings; it's a growing to be, throbbing risk that warps and scars each of his characters’ lives.

Equal components fiery feedback and icy farce, opposed to the rustic is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to near to our local soil, and the starkest occasion of the language our land produced. the result's a literary journey de strength that increases the query: was once there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so exact, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered right here?

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