THE COEN BROTHERS MEET CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – WITH A MISSISSIPPI TWIST
In a darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller, an idealistic young farmer moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin – and becomes increasingly paranoid he’s being framed for murder.
‘Hauntingly evocative’ Guardian
‘Unnerving but touching, gritty but oh, so smooth’ Book Riot
‘Will suck you in from the opening pages’ Jon Page, Pages and Pages Bookstore
‘Anyone from Coleridge to Twain to Faulkner to William Gay would have loved reading this book, and you will, too’ Brad Watson, author of The Heaven of Mercury
IT BEGINS AS A SIMPLE DREAM.
An idealistic environmental scientist moves his wife and young son off the grid, to a stretch of river bottom farmland in the Mississippi hills, hoping to position himself at the forefront of a revolution in agriculture.
Within a year, he is ruined.
When a corpse appears on his family’s property, the farmer is convinced he’s being set up. And so begins a journey into a maze of misperceptions and personal obsessions, as the farmer, his now-estranged wife, a predatory deputy, and a wandering criminal, all try to uphold a personal sense of honour.
By turns hilarious and darkly disturbing, Soil traces one man’s apocalypse to its epic showdown in the Mississippi mudflats.
‘Marked by wry humour, unforgettable characters, and riveting suspense, Jamie Kornegay’s Soil is a spellbinding Greek tragedy played out against the backdrop of the choked river-bottoms, sprawling fields, and dusty roads of the Mississippi Delta. A brilliant, haunting portrait of the havoc one desperate man’s decisions and dreams can wreak upon himself and those around him. This remarkable novel springs from rich earth indeed, and the end result is a book that will leave readers reeling’
Skip Horack, author of The Eden Hunter
EXCLUSIVE! Jamie Kornegay takes you on a guided tour to his homeland, Mississippi, and his beautiful bookshop, Turnrow Books Co.
Plus, the debut author talks all things SOIL:
Jamie Kornegay is an independent bookseller in Greenwood Mississippi, where he lives with his wife and three children. He started the Turnrow Book Co in 2006. Prior to that he was events coordinator and radio show producer for the renowned Square Books in Oxford Miss.
Soil is his first novel.