EasterGroceryClothing, Shoes & AccessoriesHomeFurnitureKitchen & DiningOutdoor Living & GardenElectronicsVideo GamesToysMovies, Music & BooksSports & OutdoorsBabyBeautyPersonal CareHealthPetsHousehold EssentialsSchool & Office SuppliesArts, Crafts & SewingParty SuppliesLuggageTarget OpticalClearanceGift IdeasCharacter ShopGift CardsBlack-Owned or Founded Brands at TargetTarget New ArrivalsTarget Finds#TargetStyleLunar New YearCelebrate Black History MonthBlack Beyond MeasureMás QuePride 365Women-Owned Brands at TargetAsian-Owned Brands at TargetTop DealsTarget Circle OffersWeekly AdShop Order PickupShop Same Day DeliveryRegistryRedCardTarget CircleFind Stores


Mr. Splitfoot - by Samantha Hunt (Paperback)

Mr. Splitfoot - by  Samantha Hunt (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
Mr. Splitfoot - by  Samantha Hunt (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
$9.99 when purchased online

About this item


About the Book

A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women--Ruth (a scam-artist foster kid), and, decades later, Cora (her pregnant niece)--as they march, each in her own time, toward a mysterious reckoning.

Book Synopsis

A New York Times Editors' Choice and Indie Next Pick. From the author of The Invention of Everything Else comes a contemporary gothic about Mr. Splitfoot, who tracks two women across multiple decades as they march, each in her own time, toward a mysterious reckoning.

Ruth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth's niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who--or what--has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

In an ingeniously structured dual narrative, two separate timelines move toward the same point of crisis. Their merging will upend and reinvent the whole. A subversive ghost story that is carefully plotted and elegantly constructed, Mr. Splitfoot will set your heart racing and your brain churning. Mysteries abound, criminals roam free, utopian communities show their age, the mundane world intrudes on the supernatural and vice versa.

Review Quotes

A New York Times Editors' Choice A Publishers Weekly Bestseller Featured on the New York Times Paperback Row Longlisted for the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize? January 2016 Indie Next Pick A Paris Review Staff Pick Named a Best Book of 2016 by MPR News One of TimeOut New York's "15 Best Books of 2016" One of Esquire's "The 25 Best Books of 2016 (So Far)" One of Refinery 29's "The Best Books Of 2016 So Far" One of Paste Magazine's "The 16 Best Fiction Books of 2016 (So Far)" One of BookRiot's "The Best Books Of 2016, So Far"? One of Huffington Post's "5 Hot Books" Featured on iBooks's "25 Best Books of January" One of Read It Forward's "Favorite Reads of January" A BookBrowse Editor's Choice "Samantha Hunt's third novel, MR. SPLITFOOT, will haunt me...I've dog-eared so many pages in honor of vivid prose that my advance reader's copy of MR. SPLITFOOT curls up with fattened corners...the novel moves not just in two time frames, told through two voices, a first-person narrator and a third-, but also...it moves in the fourth dimension, stamping itself upon the reading mind. Hypnotic and glowing, MR. SPLITFOOT insists on its own ghostly presence."--Gregory Maguire, New York Times Book Review "The historical and the fantastical entwine like snakes in Samantha Hunt's fiction...Turned around and around in these woods, you won't always know where you are, but there's a rare pleasure in this blend of romance and phantoms."--Washington Post "This gripping novel alternates between two story lines: in one, the budding con artists Nat and Ruth struggle to survive in an abusive Christian foster home; in the other, set some years in the future, Ruth, inexplicably rendered mute, leads her niece, Cora, on a journey across New York State on foot. The narratives, which twist together into a shocking dénouement, are marked by ghost stories, from Nat and Ruth's forays into the world of mediums and séances to Cora's struggle to piece together her aunt's past. 'History holds up one side of our lives and fiction the other, ' one character tells Cora, and the novel's pleasures lie in the intersections between the two."--New Yorker "The ghosts of industrial America haunt the author's picaresque third novel alongside the maybe-supernatural kind. Deep in upstate New York, two orphaned teens break free of the shady Love of Christ! foster home and make a business of claiming to channel the dead; years later, one of them, Ruth, turns up mute and gaunt at the home of her pregnant niece and draws her into a mysterious march along the Erie Canal. The two narratives alternate suspensefully, building a world of hidden forces and untethered souls that feels like the dystopia we already live in."--Vulture, "7 Books You Need to Read This January" "Mr. Splitfoot [is] at once an intriguing mystery with clues, suspense, enigmas galore, and an exhilarating, witty, poignant paean to the unexplainable, the unsolvable, the irreducibly mysterious...[Hunt's] epistemological and ethical rigor are complemented by a lovely respect for what remains uncategorizable, unable to be mastered or explained away."--The Boston Globe "If you're looking for one of those books that's an escapist adventure, a gothic page-turner that is also so finely crafted that you'll feel enri --

About the Author

SAMANTHA HUNT's The Invention of Everything Else was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. After her first novel, The Seas, she was selected for the National Book Foundation's inaugural 5 Under 35 program. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker and McSweeney's.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.8 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Mariner Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Samantha Hunt
Language: English
Street Date: January 24, 2017
TCIN: 51408634
UPC: 9780544811812
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-3022
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it.

Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 0.9 inches length x 5.2 inches width x 7.8 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.65 pounds
We regret that this item cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
This item cannot be shipped to the following locations: United States Minor Outlying Islands, American Samoa (see also separate entry under AS), Puerto Rico (see also separate entry under PR), Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, U.S., APO/FPO, Guam (see also separate entry under GU)

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
See the return policy for complete information.

Get top deals, latest trends, and more.

Privacy policy


About Us

About TargetCareersNews & BlogTarget BrandsBullseye ShopSustainability & GovernancePress CenterAdvertise with UsInvestorsAffiliates & PartnersSuppliersTargetPlus


Target HelpReturnsTrack OrdersRecallsContact UsFeedbackAccessibilitySecurity & FraudTeam Member Services


Find a StoreClinicPharmacyOpticalMore In-Store Services


Target Circle™Target Circle™ CardTarget Circle 360™Target AppRegistrySame Day DeliveryOrder PickupDrive UpFree 2-Day ShippingShipping & DeliveryMore Services
PinterestFacebookInstagramXYoutubeTiktokTermsCA Supply ChainPrivacyCA Privacy RightsYour Privacy ChoicesInterest Based Ads