The Suburbs of Heaven
By Merle Drown

"You may read a dozen novels this month, but this is the one that will count,"

John Dufresne, author of Loves Warps the Mind a Little.

"At last New Hampshire has her Faulkner."


Hardcover - 320 pages (February 2000)
Soho Press, Inc.
ISBN: 1569471827

Paperback - 352 pages (November 6, 2001)
Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN: 0425181561


Praise for Suburbs of Heaven:

"Exploring the violence-tangled love that runs in families, with a saving grace of down-east black humor,

Merle Drown achieves compelling mastery in this riveting, eloquent novel." Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize winner

  "The 'white trash' novel has an honored place at the table of American letters. From William Faulkner to Russell Banks, John Steinbeck to Dorothy Allison... Merle Drown is a welcome addition." Newsday

"Throughout, Drown's language shines, and even his most misguided characters are fully alive, resonant, and original, speaking with quiet, piercing wisdom." Publishers Weekly

"A tense blend of hilarity and savagery..Lots of edgy, quick humor." Kirkus Reviews
"Biting, ribald...engaging characters...What gives The Suburbs of Heaven much of its charm are the voices of its narrators, the five Hutchinses. Each of them is endowed with a similar blunt and idiosyncratic eloquence." The New York Times

"Brutal and hilarious...a mini-masterpiece of Southern Gothic gone north." Gallery

"Chaucer would weep a little, laugh a lot, and inquire if Mr. Drown might not like to sit on the tailgate and split a twelve-pack of Stroh's. A gritty, funny book." Theodore Weesner, author of Novemberfest and The Car Thief

The hardcover version is currently on sale at local bookstores
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