Soil: A Novel

Soil: A Novel

Jamie Kornegay


during this darkly comedian, “promising debut from an guaranteed new voice in Southern fiction” (Library Journal), an idealistic younger farmer strikes his family members to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers monetary ruin—and turns into more and more paranoid he’s being framed for murder.

It all starts with an easy dream. An bold younger environmental scientist hopes to set up a sustainable farm on a small patch of land nestled one of the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinces his spouse Sandy to maneuver their six-year-old son clear of city and to a wealthy and luxurious parcel the place Jacob may possibly run unfastened and Jay may possibly pursue the dream of a brand new and revolutionary agriculture for the twenty-first century. inside a yr he’d be ruined.

When the corpse seems to be on his family’s estate, Jay is confident he’s being organize. And so beings a trip right into a maze of misperceptions and private obsessions, because the farmer, his now-estranged spouse, a predatory deputy, and a backwoods wanderer, all try and uphold a private experience of honor. by way of turns hilarious and darkly tense, Soil strains one man’s apocalypse to its epic showdown within the Mississippi mudflats. “The Coen brothers meets Flannery O’Connor. It’s certainly Gothic, it’s certainly darkish, yet while, it's hilarious and heartbreaking” (Kyle Jones, NPR).

Drawing on components of vintage Southern noir, darkish comedy, and sleek disorder, Jamie Kornegay’s novel is ready the gravitational pull of 1 man’s apocalypse and the desire that perhaps, simply possibly, he might be reeled in from the threshold. “Dig your fingers into this Soil to discover gutty and peppery writing, a virtually recklessly daring mind's eye, audacious empathy, and a narrative so twisty and risky that almost each flip feels electrifyingly unforeseen” (Jonathan Miles, award-winning writer of Want Not and Dear American Airlines).

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