William Gay s first novel is an epic narrative of love, death, faith and violence.
Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter, lost his father long ago to an evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine. Amber Rose is a beautiful young woman forced to live with that evil, who recognises Nathan as her only chance of escape. William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man, watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to act at the most crucial of moments.
William Gay lives in Hohenwald, Tennessee. His work has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Oxford Review, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2001. He is the author of the novels The Long Home and Provinces of Night. Reviewing Provinces of Night, the New York Times Book Review wrote that 'Gay writes with the wisdom and patience of a man who has witnessed hard times . . . he looks upon beauty and violence with equal measure and makes an accurate accounting of how much of each the human heart contains.'