In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods – Matt Bell (2013, Soho Press, Inc., New York)
Ah, where to begin with this one? This rich, gruesome, and seriously disturbing story is not for the faint of heart. A deep, dark fable about love and marriage and the devastation of a couple’s inability to conceive a healthy child, In the House Upon the Dirt… is a difficult, strange, and highly poetic read, and definitely not something I’d recommend willy-nilly. You have to be the RIGHT reader for this book, if that makes any sense. And I suspect it may have fared better in my view if it were several hundred pages shorter – I don’t think the novel form suits this particular story. It’s too much to chew, too hard to swallow.
But maybe that’s the point.