In his critically acclaimed new novel, Tim Gautreaux fashions a classic and unforgettable tale of two brothers struggling in a hostile world.
In a lumber camp in the Louisiana cypress forest, a world of mud and stifling heat where men labor under back-breaking conditions, the Aldridge brothers try to repair a broken bond. Randolph Aldridge is the mill’s manager, sent by his father—the mill owner—to reform both the damaged mill and his damaged older brother. Byron Aldridge is the mill's lawman, a shell-shocked World War I veteran given to stunned silences and sudden explosions of violence that make him a mystery to Randolph and a danger to himself. Deep in the swamp, in this place of water moccasins, whiskey, and wild card games, these brothers become embroiled in a lethal feud with a powerful gangster. In a tale full of raw emotion as supple as a saw blade, The Clearing is a mesmerizing journey into the trials that define men’s souls.
Set in Louisiana in the years after World War I, THE CLEARING is the story of two Louisiana brothers. Byron, traumatized by the war, has gone west to work in the family lumberyard, and has not done well there. Randolph, his younger brother, is dispatched out west to save both the business and his alcoholic brother. Byron, however, is involved not only with alcohol but with the Mafia, who control the local tavern and want control over much more.
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- May 1, 2004
- May 1, 2004
- Tim Gautreaux