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Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

I found Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch totally engrossing.  The novel is the story of 3 bachelor brothers who are past their prime and live on a farm that is falling apart in upstate New York.  The story of their lives is told through about 10 different people and jumps around from the 1930s through the 1990s and back again.  Every person (except the brothers) mentions how horribly the men smell  which is what happens when a person never showers and wears the same clothes every day (and those clothes are caked in cow manure).  The three brothers live just as they did when they were children: they sleep in the same bed, they do the same chores, etc.  They do not own a vehicle except one old tractor and they barely have enough food to eat.  When one of the brothers, Vernon, dies in his sleep, the other two, Audie and Creed, must take over his chores too.  Add to this that one of the remaining brothers is mentally challenged, the police believe Vernon was murdered, and their nephew Tom is coming around in the middle of the night to use the farm and its outbuildings for illegal purposes.  The brothers’ nearest neighbors, Preston and Margaret, are worth their weight in gold as they watch out for people taking advantage of the unworldly brothers.  They also try to help them with small repairs and food.  I would love to see a sequel to this book to find out what happens to certain characters in the future.  Four stars!

Stacy W.

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One Response to “Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch”

  1. Sounds a lot like the documentary “Brother’s Keeper”

    Well worth the time.

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