Fourth of July Creek (Hardcover)
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson - Social worker Pete Snow lives and works in rural Montana. As the reader is introduced to Pete's caseload, the struggles and dysfunction of his clients are reflected back in Pete's 14-year-old daughter, Rachel. Pete takes the case of the Pearls, an insane survivalist father and his son living in the wilderness. As Pete uncovers more about the Pearls, the motivations that drive people to make potentially harmful decisions become clearer. Henderson portrays the cyclical nature of poverty with compassion and brings to light the contradictions between the American ideals of freedom and security. Dark and enthralling, this debut promises Henderson will have a long career. ~ Nancy— From Nancy's Book Picks
In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.
After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy 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.
But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.