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With wry humour and real freshness, SNAPPER charts the disastrous love affair between career birdwatcher Nathan Lochmueller and the place that made him.

Set in a brilliantly observed rural Indiana, ‘the bastard son of the Midwest’, SNAPPER is a book about birdwatching, a woman who won’t stay true, and a pick-up truck that won’t start. Here turtles eat alligators for breakfast, Klansmen skulk in the undergrowth, and truckers drop into the diner of a town named Santa Claus to ensure that no child’s Christmas letter goes unanswered, while Nathan grapples with the eternal question: should I stay, or should I go? Kimberling’s vision of small-town life is as characterful as Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, but bristling with the tensions of race, class, poverty and prejudice, it makes for a bracing read.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 23rd April 2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780755396221


Delightfully entertaining
Superb... always engaging, sometimes beautiful and often funny'
'[The] coolest of cool...a quirky and memorable debut'
'Lyrical, comic and packed with piercing descriptions... at the same time as being down-to-earth and humorous, Snapper is suffused with a certain melancholy, and it is Kimberling's expert balancing of all these elements that allows the novel's insights - into who we are and where we come from - to hit home'
Fascinating and captivating
Washington Post
Funny and absorbing'
Brilliant... an absolute joy of a book. I predict big things for it
Scott Pack, <i>Me and My Big Mouth </i>
Captivating... Snapper could do for birdwatchers what Annie Proulx did for small-town newspaper reporters and cowboys
Independent on Sunday
Brimming with unusual characters and hilarious idisoyncracies... Kimberling shows much promise
Funny and adroit fiction
Margaret Atwood, via Twitter