Pity the Beast

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Millennia ago, Ginny’s family ranch was all grass and rock and wild horses. A thousand years hence, it’ll all be peacefully underwater. In the matter-of-fact here and now, though, it’s a hotbed of lust and resentment, and about to turn ugly, because Ginny’s just cheated on her husband Dan with the man who lives next door. Out on these prairies, word travels fast: everyone seems to know everyone’s business. They know what Ginny did, and they know Ginny isn’t sorry. She might not be proud of what she’s done, but she doesn’t regret it either. To be honest, she enjoyed the hell out of it, and as far as Ginny is concerned, that should be the end of the story. Problem is, no one else seems able to let it go. The community can’t bear to let a woman like Ginny off the hook. Pity the Beast heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American letters.

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Millenniaago, Ginny’s family farm was all grass and rock and wild horses. A thousandyears hence, it’ll all be peacefully underwater. In the matter-of-fact here andnow, though, it’s a hotbed of lust and resentment, because Ginny’s just cheatedon her husband with the man who lives next door. When acrowd of locals-including Ginny’s bitter sister Ella-turn up to help out on thefarm, a day of chores turns into a night of serious drinking, and then ofbrutal, communal retribution. By morning, Ginny’s been left for dead. But deadis the one thing she isn’t. With a stolen horse and rifle, she escapes into themountains, and a small posse of her tormentors gears up to give chase-to bringher home and beg forgiveness, or to make sure she disappears for good? With detours through time, space, myth, and into the minds of a pack ofphilosophical mules, Pity the Beastheralds the arrival of a major new force in American letters. It is a novel that turns our assumptions about the West, masculinity, good and evil, and thenature of storytelling onto their heads, with an eye to the cosmic as well asthe comic. It urges us to write our stories anew-if we want to avoid becomingbeasts ourselves.

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Weight 522 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 3.6 cm
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Cover

Hardback

Pages

328

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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