a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature’s most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn’s father.
On Sale: February 20, 2007
Featuring: Huck Finn
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In this masterful debut by a major new voice in fiction, Jon
Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of
one of American literature’s most brutal and mysterious
figures: Huckleberry Finn’s father. The result is a deeply
original tour de force that springs from Twain’s classic
novel but takes on a fully realized life of its
Finn sets a tragic figure loose in a
landscape at once familiar and mythic. It begins and ends
with a lifeless body–flayed and stripped of all identifying
marks–drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of
the murder, and the secret of the victim’s identity, shape
Finn’s story as they will shape his life and his
Along the way Clinch introduces a cast of
unforgettable characters: Finn’s terrifying father, known
only as the Judge; his sickly, sycophantic brother, Will;
blind Bliss, a secretive moonshiner; the strong and
quick-witted Mary, a stolen slave who becomes Finn’s
mistress; and of course young Huck himself. In daring to
re-create Huck for a new generation, Clinch gives us a
living boy in all his human complexity–not an icon, not a
myth, but a real child facing vast possibilities in a world
alternately dangerous and bright.
Finn is a
novel about race; about paternity in its many guises; about
the shame of a nation recapitulated by the shame of one
absolutely unforgettable family. Above all, Finn reaches
back into the darkest waters of America’s past to fashion
something compelling, fearless, and new.
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