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The Blood of Heaven

By Kent Wascom

One of the most powerful and impressive debuts Grove/Atlantic has ever published, The Blood of Heaven is an epic novel about the American frontier in the early days of the nineteenth century. Its twenty-six-year-old author, Kent Wascom, was awarded the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for fiction, and this first novel shows the kind of talent rarely seen in any novelist, no matter their age.

The Blood of Heaven is the story of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son, who flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, falls in with a charismatic highwayman, then settles with his adopted brothers on the rough frontier of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of lands held by the Spaniards and the French. The novel moves from the bordellos of Natchez, where Angel meets his love Red Kate to the Mississippi River plantations, where the brutal system of slave labor is creating fantastic wealth along with terrible suffering, and finally to the back rooms of New Orleans among schemers, dreamers, and would-be revolutionaries plotting to break away from the young United States and create a new country under the leadership of the renegade founding father Aaron Burr.

The Blood of Heaven is a remarkable portrait of a young man seizing his place in a violent new world, a moving love story, and a vivid tale of ambition and political machinations that brilliantly captures the energy and wildness of a young America where anything was possible. It is a startling debut.

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Format: Book
Author: Wascom, Kent
Title: The blood of heaven / Kent Wascom.
Publisher Date: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2013.
Subject: Burr Conspiracy, 1805-1807 -- Fiction. Conspiracies -- Fiction Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780802121189
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Wascom
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Bib Id: 434289

Format: Book
Author: Wascom, Kent
Title: The blood of heaven / Kent Wascom.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2013.
Description: 457 p. : col. maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Burr Conspiracy, 1805-1807 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Conspiracies -- Fiction
Subjects: Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Fiction.
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
LCCN: bl2013020947
ISBN: 9780802121189
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Wascom