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Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work
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Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

Genre: Nonfiction, History; Author: Jason Brown; Publisher: Basic

In Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work, a young girl is the only one to witness Franklin, the local loner, disappear into a frozen lake. But when she runs into her older brother’s strapping best friend, she doesn’t alert him — in fact, for a moment, she forgets Franklin entirely. It’s this sort of unnerving, hazy human darkness that Jason Brown explores so well in these stories, all set around a small Maine town full of weary, complicated souls. Often Brown fixates of those just entering adulthood, an age when the twin forces of temptation and regret are most potent. A-

Originally posted November 11 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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