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Fractures

(2013)
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A Thousand Acres and Empire Falls meet during the present hydrofracking controversy as a beleaguered patriarch must decide the fate of his land and children in this enveloping family drama

The Joyner family sits atop prime Marcellus Shale. When landmen for the natural gas companies begin to lease property all around the family's hundred acres, the Joyners start to take notice. Undecided on whether or not to lease the family land, Frank Joyner must weigh his heirs' competing motivations. All of this culminates as a looming history of family tragedy resurfaces.

A sprawling family novel, Fractures follows each Joyner as the controversial hydrofracking issue slowly exacerbates underlying passions and demons. With echoes of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, Fractures takes its reader deep into the beating heart and hearth of a family divided

"Lamar Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my favorite writers at his finest." - Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The best literary fiction is often about families, and Lamar Herrin has always written superbly about them. Throughout his career, Herrin's insights into the complex emotional transactions of family life have just kept getting deeper. Fractures is his best novel; an aching, beautiful book." - Brian Hall

"Lamar Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my favorite writers at his finest." - Ron Hansen

"With a voice as clear and kind as William Maxwell's, and an acuity of vision as penetrating as J. M. Coetzee's, Lamar Herrin has produced a devastating novel about family, home, and the dangers of plundering the earth. Peopled with characters as real as anyone we know and love, Fractures is a chronicle of our time, one that thrusts to light the dark attraction of technological pioneerism even as it traces the forces that divide and unite us all. I stand in awe of Herrin's enormous talent and depth of heart." - Julie Orringer


Used availability for Lamar Herrin's Fractures

Hardback Editions

November 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fractures: A Novel
Author(s): Lamar Herrin
ISBN: 1-250-03276-8 / 978-1-250-03276-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fractures: A Novel
Author(s): Lamar Herrin
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA