FinnLarge Print - 2007
"Clinch lyrically renders the Mississippi River's ceaseless flow, while revealing Finn's brutal contradictions, his violence, arrogance and self-reproach." - Publishers Weekly, starred.
In this masterful debut by a major new voice in fiction, Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn's father. The story begins and ends with a lifeless body - flayed and stripped of all identifying marks - drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of the murder, and the secret of the victim's identity, shape Finn's story as they will shape his life and his death. Finn is a novel about race; about paternity in its many guises; about the shame of a nation recapitulated by the shame of one absolutely unforgettable family. Above all, Finn reaches back into the darkest waters of America's past to fashion something compelling, fearless, and new.
From Library Staff
It takes courage to take on one of America’s classic novels by one of our most celebrated authors – and Clinch pulled this one off as a debut novel. Springing forth from Huckleberry Finn, the story tackles the mysterious life of Huck’s father – and what sent him down the path toward his ultimate ... Read More »