The Heavenly Table (Hardcover)

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"Pearl Jewett lived by a code that said the more suffering you’ve done in life, the better place at the heavenly table you’d get. It was a lesson that he forced upon his sons Cane, Cob and Chimney. But when Pearl dies in a ramshackle hovel on the Georgia/Alabama line, the boys take a page from their favorite dime-store novel and reinvent themselves as dangerous outlaws. So begins the story of The Jewett Gang and their infamous ride from the deep south to southern Ohio. Along the way, the reader is introduced to a cast of unique and dangerous characters: Ellsworth Fiddler, a poor farmer searching for his 
no-good, drunkard son; Vincent Bovard, a closeted homosexual preparing his men for The Great War and his ultimate death; a pimp named Sugar running away from some trouble he got into in Detroit; Pollard, a surly bartender with a disturbing secret in his back room. Like a Sam Peckinpah movie on the page, The Heavenly Table is a story of violent men using violent means to make a better life for themselves... with disastrous results."

— From Matt Recommends


From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.

It is 1917, in that sliver of border land that divides Georgia from Alabama. Dispossessed farmer Pearl Jewett ekes out a hardscrabble existence with his three young sons: Cane (the eldest; handsome; intelligent); Cob (short; heavy set; a bit slow); and Chimney (the youngest; thin; ill-tempered). Several hundred miles away in southern Ohio, a farmer by the name of Ellsworth Fiddler lives with his son, Eddie, and his wife, Eula. After Ellsworth is swindled out of his family's entire fortune, his life is put on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory that will directly lead him to cross paths with the Jewetts. No good can come of it. Or can it?

In the gothic tradition of Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy with a healthy dose of cinematic violence reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, the Jewetts and the Fiddlers will find their lives colliding in increasingly dark and horrific ways, placing Donald Ray Pollock firmly in the company of the genre's literary masters.

About the Author

DONALD RAY POLLOCK is the author of the novel The Devil All the Time and the story collection Knockemstiff, recipient of the 2009 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973 to 2005. He holds an MFA from Ohio State University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385541299
ISBN-10: 0385541295
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 384
Language: English