Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Remnants by Robert Hill

She turned somersaults to return the favor. Every Tuesday, from first melt to first freeze, as a member of the Ladies Tumbling Club.

-- The Remnants by Robert Hill. This is a crazily imaginative book about a small, aging town with only a few inbred citizens left to celebrate a few dwindling rituals. It's a book for readers who love language, especially wordplay and rhythm and freewheeling sentences.

Here is the Powell's Books "Staff Pick" recommendation:
Wow, what a book! Robert Hill's The Remnants takes an intense look at the small and dying town of New Eden, Somewhere, USA. Its residents are aging — and so very, very interrelated — and New Eden is assuredly creeping towards its last days.

Hill's characters are so precisely written, they feel as real as you and me, despite the generations of inbreeding, which have left them somewhere off the "normal" scale. Yet, these folks love and hope and yearn like the rest of us, and their stories are magical.

Hill has the silver tongue of a master wordsmith. His gorgeous prose rambles from hilarious to sly to clever, and then doubles back so it can dive right off into beautiful, heartsick, and poignant. A standout story with unbelievably effective prose, The Remnants is one of my favorite 2016 titles.

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