The Loneliest Road in America

The Loneliest Road in America A thoroughly fresh voice and a rarely observed rural world come together in this extraordinary debut collection The stories revolve around a small town in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California

  • Title: The Loneliest Road in America
  • Author: Roy Parvin
  • ISBN: 9780811814355
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thoroughly fresh voice and a rarely observed rural world come together in this extraordinary debut collection The stories revolve around a small town in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California and the people who live there or flee Caught between the fantastic and the real, existing on the fringes of mainstream society, these characters include a solitary marijuA thoroughly fresh voice and a rarely observed rural world come together in this extraordinary debut collection The stories revolve around a small town in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California and the people who live there or flee Caught between the fantastic and the real, existing on the fringes of mainstream society, these characters include a solitary marijuana grower who must deal with an intruder in his garden, a mystical Native American whose camp is about to be destroyed by loggers, a wanderer who finds a mentor in the wilderness, and other strange, beautiful, and haunting men and women The driving lyricism of his writing, arresting originality of the subjects and landscapes, and insights into human nature mark this launch of a brilliant writer s career.

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    1. The first thing that captivated me in this novel is the language. Roy Parvin creates his worlds in such succinct, vivid language that I instantly felt connected with the rural landscapes and the back-roads that the characters walk. His ability to craft scene is reason enough to read The Loneliest Road in America.The second thing that captivated me is the nuances of the characters relationships with each other and honesty with themselves. Sometimes painful, sometimes beautiful, the rural dwellers [...]

    2. Even though I don't read a lot of short story collections, I didn't hesitate to pick this up and was glad I did: I'm a sucker for anything set in and written about my preferred corner of the world: extreme Northern California.I discovered Parvin at a reading at my indie bookseller, Northtown Books in Arcata, CA. His stories have a strong sense-of-place, which appeals to the geographer in me (I studied the subject for my undergrad degree). These are tales, real and imaginary, of the rural people [...]

    3. Parvin's stories of rural Far NorCal ring true and deep: real, not writerly. Sometimes harsh, sometimes heartbreaking, always evocative and powerful, with vivid, flawed, and unforgettable characters. "In the Snow Forest," his second book of three novellas, hits similar marks with equal impact. Hoping for more work from this gifted author.

    4. Roy Parvin knows how to write. His choice of words, his metaphors, and his ability to reel a reader's emotions straight through the pages is incredible.

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