Bloomland - John Englehardt

Staff Pick

This story of a mass shooting at a rural university explores surprising and interesting questions, like what happens in a marriage when "love can mature into a void"; how in the effort to distance ourselves from pain we can lose the ability to come across as experienced; and how with devastating results, the traumatized  and lost make friends with depression "so you no longer have to perceive it as a weakness."   I set aside more pressing reading projects to "dip into" this debut novel then I couldn't put it down.  I was blown away by the writing and the masterful use of 2nd person.  There's never a contrived, sentimental or sensational note although in less capable hands the subject matter lends itself to such pitfalls. An extraordinary debut. 



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ISBN: 9781945814938
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Published: Dzanc Books - September 10th, 2019