By Ben Metcalf
Opposed to the rustic is a present for enthusiasts of Southern Gothic and metafiction alike. Set within the Virginia pines, and overrun with failed mom and dad, racist intercourse offenders, cast-off monks, and suicidal chickens, this novel demanding situations literary conference while it assaults our nationwide myth—that the agricultural evidently engenders strong, whereas the city breeds an inevitable sin.
In a voice either completely American and completely new, Ben Metcalf introduces the reader to Goochland County, Virginia—a land of obdurate soil, voracious bugs, lackluster farms, and frightening trees—and information one family’s pitiful fight to outlive there. ultimately it turns into transparent that Goochland isn't really in basic terms the author’s atmosphere; it's a transforming into, throbbing threat that warps and scars each one of his characters’ lives.
Equal components fiery feedback and icy farce, opposed to the rustic is the main hilarious sermon one is probably going to listen to with regards to our local soil, and the starkest get together of the language our land produced. the result's a literary journey de strength that increases the query: used to be there ever a narrator, in all our literature, so distinctive, so far-reaching, so eloquently misanthropic, because the one encountered the following?
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The place looked like a cross between a bomb shelter and a set from Brazil ; silver snakes of ductwork and exhaust vents wound through the exposed rafters, and all of the chairs were ergonomically designed to be as stylishly uncomfortable as possible. Most of the people at the Retrograde were students. Two of them were students, from the Institute. She got in line behind them and folded her arms. I mean I’ve tried to talk to her, one of the students said. I mean I’ve honestly tried; I’ve run processes and everything.
34 JEANNE THORNTON I hate white Christmas lights, she said. They’re like Michael Bolton infomercials. They’re like a man explaining to you how to do your taxes. They’re like throwing up in ivory bathrooms. I don’t know what I mean. Which of these describes your sister the best? Robbie asked, rummaging somewhere else in the room. Water, earth, air, or fire? Water, she said, closing her eyes. Pressure on the comforter beside her as he got back on the bed. What do you want to ask about? Robbie said.
Oh, it’s too funny to tell you, she said. It’s too funny for words. It’s so funny veins would pop in our brains and like that we’d become vegetables. We’d never stop laughing again. He took a breath then; she turned to look at him, startled, and here he was, hovering over her, his bony head blotting out the lights—suddenly she realized what he thought was going on, oh God—here he was pressing his face against hers. Stubble on his lips like pimentos in a salad. Sour saliva and rough and clumsy and all a waste of her time.
Against the Country: A Novel by Ben Metcalf