What is it: Novel, fiction, literary
Title: Mr. Splitfoot
Author: Samantha Hunt
Year published: 2016
Who would like it: Wanderers. Believers in the unknown. Skeptics. Anyone who ever hoped that motion in the corner of their eye was real.
Why you should read it: The characters are grotesque, reminiscent of Carson McCullers’ particular brand of southern gothic. The settings are haunting and deeply disturbing – abandoned mine camps and deep dark woods, boat fights on the Erie canal and huge meteor landing sites. Amongst these settings, these characters, the book unfolds about mothers and daughters and sons and fathers and religions and cults and con (wo)men.
Don’t read if: You’re afraid of the dark.
My favorite part: For much of the book, the story runs parallel to itself. Near the end it starts to weave together and the pieces fall into place, both in terms of plot and theme. I started to breathe deeply as it all came clear.
A great quote: “History holds up one side of our lives and fiction the other. Mother, father. Birth, death, and in between, that’s where you find religion. That’s where you find art, science, engineering. It’s where things get made from belief and memory.”