W​e’ve come out of our candy comas​,​ shaken off the cobwebs​, and are ready​ to tell you about ​our favorite Winter 201​6 debut​: FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown.

It’s a January 2016 Indie Next pick and has received THREE starred reviews and comparisons to Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN:

“This bleak, harrowing account of a young couple’s journey in General Sherman’s wake describes the ‘fallen land’ with wrenching detail, in language both lyrical and heartbreaking. Much like Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN in style, subject, and mood, but also as evocative of the nineteenth-century American landscape as Karen Fisher’s A SUDDEN COUNTRY, this is a masterpiece that deserves a full serving of accolades.” — Booklist, starred review

“Brown’s expressive language captures the harsh realities of the South at the time. A nail-biting journey from first page to last.” — Library Journal, starred review

“Like McCarthy’s Border Trilogy or Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN, this is American literature at its best, full of art and beauty and the exploration of all that is good and bad in the human spirit.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This is a Civil War odyssey in the tradition of Charles Frazier’s COLD MOUNTAIN and Daniel Woodrell’s WOE TO LIVE ON, written in a vernacular that resurrects the era and fully brings alive Callum and Ava’s adventures on the road. At the center of the story is the couple’s growing love for each other, which powers the story to a suspenseful ending and a satisfying epilogue.” — Publishers Weekly

You can read an excerpt of FALLEN LAND in the St. Martin’s First Winter 2016 e-sampler.

FALLEN LAND will be available from St. Martin’s Press on January 12, 2016.

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