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Darkansas

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
"Gritty, ghostly, poetic [. . .] I'd bet a fifth of the top-shelf stuff it will be considered one of the best debuts of the year." - Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table

Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, legendary bluegrass musician Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.

When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother's wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins - and one twin has always murdered their father.

As old tensions resurface and Jordan searches for a way to escape his family's legacy, a mysterious hill dweller and his grotesque partner stalk the brothers' every move, determined to see the curse through to its end. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as "one of the best debuts of the year," Middleton establishes himself as a novelist in good company with Brian Panowich and Smith Henderson, yet in a category all his own.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The devil didn't go down to Georgia, he went to Arkansas, where the Bayne family struggle against Beelzebub's grip on their collective fates. Middleton's debut has it all--sex, song, sadness, and a history as dark and twisted as the Ozark hollers that fill these pages. Holy hell, what a book." - Peter Geye


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Used availability for Jarret Middleton's Darkansas

Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Darkansas: A Novel
Author(s): Jarret Middleton
ISBN: 1-945814-29-2 / 978-1-945814-29-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Darkansas: A Novel
Author(s): Jarret Middleton
ISBN: 1-945814-59-4 / 978-1-945814-59-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Darkansas: A Novel
Author(s): Jarret Middleton
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA