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A darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin—and becomes increasingly paranoid he’s being framed for murder.

It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he’d be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself.

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  • “Jamie Kornegay’s powerful debut novel, Soil, is just as rich, dark, and primal as the title suggests…This novel is brimming with suspense while continuously locating the fine line separating good from evil. Just as the soil delivers all that is decomposed and lost, it also brings promise of future growth and in this case, it is in the form of the protagonist’s son. Kornegay’s rendering of hope and innocence against the backdrop of depravity and darkness is admirable and moving.”

    Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Life after Life

  • “Kornegay’s skillful writing keeps the story gripping and the atmosphere haunting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Let us stand, brothers and sisters, to applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction. Dig your hands into this Soil to find gutty and peppery writing, an almost recklessly bold imagination, audacious empathy, and a story so twisty and volatile that nearly every turn feels electrifyingly unexpected. This rough-and-tumble model of Southern literature—the vehicle of choice for the late greats Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, Harry Crews, and William Gay—has felt stalled on the roadside for several years now; Jamie Kornegay just pulled up with some big-ass jumper cables.”

    Jonathan Miles, author of Dear American Airlines

  • “Mississippi has done it again, given us yet another brilliant writer. Welcome, Jamie Kornegay, to a long line of kick-ass storytellers. Soil is one of the most memorable novels I’ve read in years, with a killer story told in killer language. Highly, highly recommended.”

    Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

  • “Jamie Kornegay’s novel Soil heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice. This book is atmospheric ‘as all get-out,’ as my grandmother might have said, and it crackles with intensity. It’s everything I want a novel to be, a fine story well-told with characters I won’t forget, set in a world so real you can smell it and taste it. Kornegay’s something special.”

    Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances

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About the Author

Jamie Kornegay lives in the Mississippi Delta, where he moved in 2006 to establish an independent bookstore, Turnrow Book Co. Before that he was a bookseller, events coordinator, and radio show producer at the famous Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi. He studied creative fiction under Barry Hannah at the University of Mississippi.