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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Recommended by Rose in Adult Services:

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old bfourthofjulycreekoy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy’s profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

She says:

This novel was powerful, heartbreaking, and honest. Pete Snow is a man trapped between his work and family. While he is a dedicated social worker, his family life spins out of control when his wife openly cheats on him and his daughter disappears. His interactions with Benjamin and Jerimiah Pearl are chilling and desperate. Set in rural Montana in the 1970s, readers will be transported by graphically frank description and moving prose to a world of despair and hope. Henderson’s writing is reminiscent of a young Cormac McCarthy. It will definitely stick with readers days after finishing.