Adam B. Vary
November 11, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jason Brown
publisher
Basic
genre
Nonfiction, History

We gave it an A-

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-

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