Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

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HarperCollins, May 27, 2014 - Fiction - 480 pages
28 Reviews

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

In this shattering and iconic American novel, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion, and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. Fourth of July Creek is an unforgettable, unflinching debut that marks the arrival of a major literary talent.

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The ending floored me, to tears almost. - Goodreads
A good, old-fashioned yarn. - Goodreads
The writing is powerful and stunningly beautiful. - Goodreads
Henderson is a fine writer...it's just too long! - Goodreads
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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

So soaked in the mire of his paranoia and removed from the world, Jeremiah Pearl believes ash falling from the sky after the eruption of Mount Saint Helens is fallout from a nuclear war. He emerges ... Read full review

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User Review  - switterbug (Betsey) - Goodreads

"Your caseload is brutal and will get worse as the holidays steadily advance on the poor, deranged, and demented." Debut novelist Henderson Smith has written a tale about rural America that is both ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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