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Kings of the Earth

(2010)
A novel by

 
Following up Finn, his much-heralded and prize-winning debut whose voice evoked 'the mythic styles of his literary predecessors . . . William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy and Edward P. Jones' (San Francisco Chronicle), Jon Clinch returns with Kings of the Earth, a powerful and haunting story of life, death, and family in rural America.

The edge of civilization is closer than we think.

It's as close as a primitive farm on the margins of an upstate New York town, where the three Proctor brothers live together in a kind of crumbling stasis. They linger like creatures from an older, wilder, and far less forgiving world - until one of them dies in his sleep and the other two are suspected of murder.

Told in a chorus of voices that span a generation, Kings of the Earth examines the bonds of family and blood, faith and suspicion, that link not just the brothers but their entire community.

Vernon, the oldest of the Proctors, is reduced by work and illness to a shambling shadow of himself. Feebleminded Audie lingers by his side, needy and unknowable. And Creed, the youngest of the three and the only one to have seen anything of the world (courtesy of the U.S. Army), struggles with impulses and accusations beyond his understanding. We also meet Del Graham, a state trooper torn between his urge to understand the brothers and his desire for justice; Preston Hatch, a kindhearted and resourceful neighbor who's spent his life protecting the three men from themselves; the brothers' only sister, Donna, who managed to cut herself loose from the family but is then drawn back; and a host of other living, breathing characters whose voices emerge to shape this deeply intimate saga of the human condition at its limits.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kings of the Earth (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4104-3290-4 / 978-1-4104-3290-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kings of the Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4000-6901-7 / 978-1-4000-6901-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kings of the Earth
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4811-7540-8 / 978-1-4811-7540-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Kings of the Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 0-8129-8124-3 / 978-0-8129-8124-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


January 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: Kings of the Earth
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-61129-288-3 / 978-1-61129-288-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kings of the Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jon Clinch
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


July 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Kings of the Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jon Clinch
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


2010 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Kings of the Earth
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4407-9317-4 / 978-1-4407-9317-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
Availability: Amazon   


2010 : USA Audio CD

Title: Kings of the Earth
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4407-9319-0 / 978-1-4407-9319-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
Availability: Amazon   


2010 : USA Audio CD

Title: Kings of the Earth (Unabridged Audio CDs)
Author(s): Jon Clinch
ISBN: 1-4407-9318-2 / 978-1-4407-9318-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Kings of the Earth
Author(s): Jon Clinch
Publisher: unmediated ink
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