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By Ben Metcalf

ISBN-10: 0812972783

ISBN-13: 9780812972788

ISBN-10: 1400062691

ISBN-13: 9781400062690

NAMED one of many TEN top BOOKS OF THE yr by way of VULTURE AND the best BOOKS OF THE yr by way of NPR • Against the rustic is a present for enthusiasts of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off clergymen, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference while it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural clearly engenders strong, 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 scary trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. ultimately it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't simply the author’s surroundings; it's a becoming, throbbing risk that warps and scars each of his characters’ lives.

equivalent components fiery feedback and icy farce, Against the Country is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to with regards to our local soil, and the starkest occasion of the language our land produced. the result's a literary travel de strength that increases the query: used to be there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so exact, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered here?

Praise for opposed to the Country

“Iconoclastic . . . Against the Country has visible affinities to Southern Gothic, either in its voice and within the pride it takes in rural lack of know-how and grotesqueries. . . . [A] kingdom cousin of David Foster Wallace.”The long island occasions e-book Review

“Exceptional in its verbal brilliance and conscientiousness, Against the Country comprises us in a family’s anguished and hilarious fight opposed to the unusual dooms that appear atypical to white rural the US. this can be a savage and gladdening novel.”—Joseph O’Neill, writer of Netherland and The Dog

“Metcalf’s unnamed narrator dazzles along with his Puritan deadpan and capacious mind, let alone his double-barreled blasts of darkish humor and depraved satire. . . . there are such a lot of amazing turns of word in Against the Country that it’s not easy to decide on favorites, yet Metcalf is at his sharpest and such a lot seductive whilst his antihero does greater than blast and blame, while he steps outdoor his sermons to claim anything actual. . . . each notice in each solo is sounded with beautiful perfection.”Slate

“Faulknerian . . . eccentric, tremendous Southern Gothic metafiction.”Vanity Fair

“Ben Metcalf is an excellent author, and Against the Country is an creative and hilarious novel, a glittering, sour party of ways the lousiness of lifestyles could be redeemed within the palms (and mouth) of a top-shelf teller of life’s stories.”—Sam Lipsyte, writer of The Ask and The enjoyable Parts

“A bold conglomeration of each trick, swindle and gimmick attainable utilizing basically ink and paper, a pulpwood mind's eye computer so finely and expertly wrought that it will probably tackle Jefferson, Thoreau, the church, patriotism, race kin, sexual identification, J. D. Salinger, the parable of the United States and one thousand different objectives . . . [Against the Country] is really and fully worthy all funding of effort and time, since it is an undeniably attractive item, sharp as a brand new razor.”—NPR

“One of the extra necessary—and so much eloquent—expressions of a particularly American, provincial rage in a few years.”Flavorwire

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