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 literatureâ€™s most brutal and mysterious
figures: Huckleberry Finnâ€™s father. The result is a deeply
original tour de force that springs from Twainâ€™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 bodyâ€“flayed and stripped of all identifying
marksâ€“drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of
the murder, and the secret of the victimâ€™s identity, shape
Finnâ€™s story as they will shape his life and his
Along the way Clinch introduces a cast of
unforgettable characters: Finnâ€™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 Finnâ€™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 complexityâ€“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 Americaâ€™s past to fashion
something compelling, fearless, and new.
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