'J. Robert Lennon is a connoisseur of calamity, qualms, and paradox, all of which are on profuse display in his crafty, seductive eighth novel ... Broken River is a remarkable performance, a magic trick that makes you laugh at its audacity. Lennon has written a realistic novel, with vivid characters and flashes of humor and an evocative mood, that is also a playful, sophisticated meditation on storytelling itself ... When you close a novel as good as Broken River, something, not quite a ghost, may follow you.' - New York Times Following a string of affairs, Karl and Eleanor are giving their marriage one last shot by moving with their twelve-year old daughter Irina from Brooklyn to a newly renovated, apparently charming old house outside the upstate New York town of Broken River. Before their arrival, the house stood empty for over a decade, the reason why no secret. Twelve years previously, a brutal double murder took place there, a young couple killed in front of their daughter. The crime was never solved, but theories have always swirled, and most locals consider the house cursed, its dereliction symbolic of the indelible stain of violence that occurred there. The family may have left the deceptions of their city life behind them, but all three are still lying to each other. Karl soon reverts to his old cheating habits. Eleanor and Irina hide their fascination with the house's ghoulish history from one another, taking perverse pleasure in separately researching their new home's bloody past. But Karl's digressions and Eleanor and Irina's unwelcome investigations have consequences, and before long their duplicitous actions unleash forces none of them could possibly have anticipated, putting them in mortal danger. This new novel by America's master of literary rule-breaking is part thriller, part family drama, part gothic horror noir - and like all J.Robert Lennon's novels, defies these categorisations to stand most of all as a work of unflinching moral purpose, showing the consequences of human deceitfulness, and the sometimes dreadful force the past can exert on the present.
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 1 Jun 2017
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 13.5(L) x 2.3(W)
Weight (gm): 351
Compelling from the first page, and then smart, sophisticated, suspenseful and satisfying throughout-Broken River is a first-class ride. -- Lee Child
Hypnotic and unsettling, Broken River weaves a dark, compelling spell. -- Mick Herron, author of Real Tigers
'A writer with enough electricity to light up the country' -- Ann Patchett
Praise for Familiar: Psychologically subtle and philosophically supple. It will leave you with a heightened awareness of the strange cracks and wormholes on the peripheries of life * Daily Telegraph *
Bristles with menace and suspense - a terrific and disturbing read * Daily Mail *
J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker and the LRB. He lives in upstate New York.