The Barrowfields (Hardcover)
The Barrowfields is a stellar Appalachian Southern Gothic. Emotional and compelling writing propel the story of Henry Aster, his troubled literary father, and their small hometown. Lewis takes on the weight of forgiveness, familial love, and growth with the grace of a seasoned writer. This is a debut novel not to be missed.— From Al
A richly textured coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, home and family, recalling classics by Thomas Wolfe and William Styron, by a powerful new voice in fiction Just before Henry Aster's birth, his father--outsized literary ambition and pregnant wife in tow--reluctantly returns to the small Appalachian town in which he was raised and installs his young family in an immense house of iron and glass perched high on the side of a mountain. There, Henry grows up under the writing desk of this fiercely brilliant man. But when tragedy tips his father toward a fearsome unraveling, what was once a young son's reverence is poisoned and Henry flees, not to return until years later when he, too, must go home again. Mythic in its sweep and mesmeric in its prose, THE BARROWFIELDS is a breathtaking debut about the darker side of devotion, the limits of forgiveness, and the reparative power of shared pasts. - SIBA Okra Pick.
About the Author
PHILLIP LEWIS is a lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina.