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In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN Prize–winning writer Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion, and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation’s disquieting and violent contradictions.

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy’s profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

But as Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book left me awestruck; a stunning debut which reads like the work of a writer at the height of his power…A masterful achievement.”

    Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a hell of a great book.”

    Esquire

  • “First novels don’t come much more confidently written or fully imagined than this.”

    New York Times

  • “Infused with psychological complexity and lush with the landscape of the Northwest.”

    Washington Post

  • “MacLeod Andrews narrates this dark, intense exploration of love and disenchantment in a low conversational tone…Andrews’ voices for male characters, such as Jeremiah Pearl and his son, are enhanced by his empathic tones and consistent volumes. Henderson’s lyrical prose is also lovingly delivered by Jenna Lamia, who gives empathy to her characterization of Pete’s daughter, Rachel. The setting is bleak, and the characters are flawed, yet the story is unforgettable…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “On a political level, Henderson skillfully presages the contemporary political environment in his portrayal of the America of three decades ago. On a deeper level, this dark, compassionate novel finds in Jeremiah’s—and Pete’s—pain a mirror of everyone’s. This is a significant debut.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Henderson not only displays an uncanny sense of place…he also creates an incredibly rich cast of characters…Dark, gritty, and oh so good.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Expertly written and without a false note.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Fourth of July Creek is an astonishing read. The writing is energetic and precise. Henderson has a mastery of scale that allows this particular place and these particular people to illuminate who we are as Americans…I could not recommend this book more highly.”

    Kevin Powers, bestselling author of The Yellow Birds

  • Fourth of July Creek knocked me flat. This gorgeous, full-bodied novel seems to contain all of America at what was, in retrospect, a pivotal moment in its history...Smith Henderson has delivered nothing less than a masterpiece of a novel.”

    Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

  • Fourth of July Creek cannot possibly be Smith Henderson’s first book. Its scope is audacious, its range virtuosic, its gaze steady and true. A riveting story written in a seductive and relentlessly authentic rural American vernacular, this is the kind of novel I wish I’d written.”

    Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn

  • “American actor MacLeod Andrews delivers the main text in Pete’s voice, which varies from amiable and reassuring to resigned and appalled. He lends different voices to the various other characters: drug-addled deadbeats, a religion-obsessed mountain man, a bibulous judge, bullying cops and a couple of boys brought up rough and illiterate. The novel includes intermittent reports from Pete’s daughter, her soft-toned voice provided by Jenna Lamia, a poignant addition to a surprising and compassionate story.”

    Washington Post (audio review)

  • Selected for the June 2014 Indie Next List
  • Selected for the Summer 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • A June 2014 Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Washington Post Top 10 Book of 2014
  • A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2014
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2014
  • Winner of the 2015 CWA New Blood Dagger Award
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About the Author

Smith Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writer Award for Fiction. He was a 2011 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a 2011 Pushcart Prize winner, and a Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He currently works at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency. His fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. He lives in Portland, Oregon.