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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date June 1, 2003
Pages 305
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375414749
ISBN-10 0375414746
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.18 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Returning from the Great War a changed man, Byron Aldridge drifts away from his privileged and charmed life to take a job as a constable in a remote Louisiana sawmill, while his younger brother, taking over management of the mill, struggles to understand him, in an atmospheric novel of famiy, justice, and obligation. 30,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In the years before World War I, Byron Aldridge led a charmed life as the charismatic heir apparent to a Pennsylvania timber empire; and to his younger brother, Randolph, he was both guide and idol. But he returned from France a different man and was not home long before those festering memories sent him drifting from one settlement to another, working as a lawman, and then disappearing altogether.

Finally his family discovers him in a remote Louisiana mill town, promptly buys the property, and puts Randolph in charge of this place unlike any he has ever seen, where men are surrounded by cypress swamps and menace, leading lives of ceaseless, backbreaking toil punctuated only by the brutal entertainments provided by the Sicilians who control the whiskey and card games and girls, and by the rough justice meted out by the still-tormented Byron. Randolph struggles to understand him, and to regain his trust, even as their wives presently contend with their own hopes and disappointments and while the future grows uncertain yet fearsome all around them.

This is a story about family, about marriage, about what sustains people through loss; it is a reckoning of the sacrifices they must make in order to establish a community in the deepest wilderness, and to defend what is most precious to them. Palpably atmospheric, with a remarkable range of characters and emotions, The Clearing displays more powerfully than ever before Tim Gautreaux’s masterful understanding of time, place, and human nature.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 1, 2003)
9780375414749 | details & prices | 305 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.18 lbs | List price $23.00
About: Returning from the Great War a changed man, Byron Aldridge drifts away from his privileged and charmed life to take a job as a constable in a remote Louisiana sawmill, while his younger brother, taking over management of the mill, struggles to understandhim.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780340828908 Book cover for 9781400030538
 
New edition from Hodder & Stoughton (July 19, 2004)
9780340828908 | details & prices | 373 pages | List price $14.10
About: This novel is a gripping story of a murderous battle for control, and a wise, compassionate investigation into the bonds of love and family and of what sustains people through loss.
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (May 1, 2004)
9781400030538 | details & prices | 305 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Returning from the Great War a changed man, Byron Aldridge drifts away from his privileged and charmed life to take a job as a constable in a remote Louisiana sawmill, while his younger brother, taking over management of the mill, struggles to understand him, in an atmospheric novel of family, justice, and obligation.

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