Children of the Country

Children of the Country

4.37 (19 ratings by Goodreads)
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A debut coming of age story set in Southern woods filled with drugs, sex and violence--and a hidden tradition of voodoo-like magic. In a hard-scrabble town where family history defines destinies, a handful of teenagers bear witness to old traumas that still haunt adults working to keep food on the table. Modern pressures deepen old ruts, and in a circle of friends, each looks for their own path. A local drug ring offers high-speed comforts, and while some fall for easy choices, others find the strength to make their own place in the woods.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 15mm | 286g
  • English
  • 1937402975
  • 9781937402976

Review quote

"Children of the Country is a literary novel that reads like a thriller. In luminous prose, Shaffer tells a riveting, terrifying story of human violence, cruelty, and undying love, and she never puts a foot wrong. A marvelous debut." -- Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories and Dogs of God



"In this haunting debut, Abigail Shaffer plumbs the depths of the Rough South as too few female voices do. She chronicles generations of youth spent on splintered porches and sweaty backseats, lost to the specters of sex, drugs, and short horizons. I hear Bonnie Jo Campbell in her work, but more than that I hear Harry Crews and Breece Pancake and Larry Brown, car wheels on a gravel road, the echo of a barn owl near dawn. This is a writer to listen to, for years to come." -- Ashley Warlick, author of The Arrangement and Seek the Living



"There is magic within these pages. Shaffer's prose, gorgeous though it is, is merely our guide into the dark piney woods, the haunting and shimmering psyches from which characters speak to us in tongues of generational wisdom and survival. A formidable debut." -- April Ford, author of The Poor Children



"stylish, provocative... an emotionally rewarding, captivating family saga. Abigail R. Shaffer's exquisite lyrical prose and refreshingly bold storytelling marks this as a notable debut, one as vivid and imposing as its wooded backcountry setting." -- Colorado Review
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19 ratings
4.37 out of 5 stars
5 58% (11)
4 26% (5)
3 11% (2)
2 5% (1)
1 0% (0)
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