Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

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HarperCollins, May 27, 2014 - Fiction - 480 pages
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In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

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 F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

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User Review  - Shiraloo - LibraryThing

This book wasn't my cup of tea. I was interested by the primary story line, but then the author veered into the destruction of Pete and I couldn't figure out where it was going, and I got turned off. DNF @ 16%. Read full review

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User Review  - tututhefirst - LibraryThing

I have a push-me, pull-you feeling about this book. I kept reading it because the story pulled me along, but I wanted to push the main character over the side of a cliff several times. I found most of ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Smith Henderson is the recipient of a 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. He currently works at the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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