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The Clearing
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 305
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400030538
ISBN-10 1400030536
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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 family, justice, and obligation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his critically acclaimed new novel, Tim Gautreaux fashions a classic and unforgettable tale of two brothers struggling in a hostile world.
In a lumber camp in the Louisiana cypress forest, a world of mud and stifling heat where men labor under back-breaking conditions, the Aldridge brothers try to repair a broken bond. Randolph Aldridge is the mill’s manager, sent by his father—the mill owner—to reform both the damaged mill and his damaged older brother. Byron Aldridge is the mill's lawman, a shell-shocked World War I veteran given to stunned silences and sudden explosions of violence that make him a mystery to Randolph and a danger to himself. Deep in the swamp, in this place of water moccasins, whiskey, and wild card games, these brothers become embroiled in a lethal feud with a powerful gangster. In a tale full of raw emotion as supple as a saw blade, The Clearing is a mesmerizing journey into the trials that define men’s souls.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780375414749
 
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.
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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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