Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: July 3, 2008
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Unaware that his life is about to change in ways he can't
imagine, seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson ventures into the
northern Minnesota woods with his father on a cold November
afternoon. Perched on individual hunting stands a quarter-
mile apart, they wait with their rifles for white-tailed
deer. When the muffled crack of a gunshot rings out, Jesse
unaccountably knows something is wrong-and he races through
the trees to find his dad dead of a rifle wound, apparently
But would easygoing Harold Matson really kill himself? If
Haunted by the ghost of his father, Jesse delves into
family secrets, wrestles with questions of justice and
retribution, and confronts the nature of his own
responsibility. And just when he's decided that he alone
must shoulder his family's burden, the beautiful and
troubled Christine Montez enters his life, forcing him to
reconsider his plans.
In spare, elegant prose, Lin Enger tells the story of a
young man trying to hold his family together in a world
tipped suddenly upside down. Set among pristine lakes and
beneath towering pines, Undiscovered Country is at once a
bold reinvention of Shakespeare's Hamlet and a hair-
bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities
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