Shadow Country

Rarely do you get to use sweeping words like epic and masterpiece and staggering, or to say that a book will be in print in America as long as there is an America, but here I fling these claims around with confidence. Peter Matthiessen’s immense novel of early Florida and violence, of race and Americanness is one of the great American novels.

Isn’t that a lovely phrase to be using about the work of a writer who is alive and well?


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