Well

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Grove Press, 2003 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Well marks the astonishing debut of an author with a singular and unflinching voice and vision. Set primarily among the working class of a Seattle suburb called Federal Way, this highly original novel extols the lives of a large cast of characters lost in various modes of darkness and despair. Whether desperately alone or struggling to come together, they grapple with dark compulsions and heartrending afflictions. What binds them is the Well--that dark, barren Wasteland of the heart and mind--as if trapped at the bottom of well, they search for relief, for a vehicle into the light they know is up and outside. They search in sex, drugs, and violence, and in visions of apocalypse and creation, dreams of angels and killers and local sports championships. Compact, finely wrought, and powerfully charged, Well ultimately rises toward the light in a finale that echoes with the exhilarating human capacity for hope. The result is a mesmerizing tour de force that will establish Matthew McIntosh as a bold and progressive new voice of American fiction.

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The characters in this impressive debut all need to get a life-and they're grappling to do so with varying degrees of success. Their struggles to establish meaningful, long-term relationships are ... Read full review

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