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On Sale: April 06, 2011
Pages: 300 | ISBN: 978-0-307-78669-2
Published by : Random House Random House Group
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A decent, ordinary life jeopardized by a catastrophically extraordinary event: this is the story, mythic in its outline and substance, that Judy Troy--author of two New York Times Notable Books and Whiting award winner--tells in From the Black Hills.  
In Wheatley, South Dakota, during the summer before Mike Newlin is to begin college, his father, an insurance salesman, shoots and kills the young woman who works for him as his receptionist. He disappears, and Mike is left behind in shock and grief. With his future suddenly obscured, Mike finds himself nearly overwhelmed by his present circumstances--not only the emotional damage inflicted by his father's awful crime but also his mother's dismay, the insinuating methods of a criminal investigator named Tom DeWitt, his girlfriend's anxieties, and his longing for an older woman who lives nearby--and the question of whether he will ever see his father again and what will happen if he does.  
As imposing as the landscape that forms its setting, From the Black Hills conveys with compassionate power the drama of a young man who must try to overcome his father's dark legacy.

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Judy Troy was born in northern Indiana. She has taught writing at an alternative high school,    Indiana University, and the University of Missouri. Her collection of stories, Mourning Doves,  was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Award, and she received the 1996 Whiting Writers' Award. She is now Alumni-Writer-in-Residence at Auburn University.

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"A beguiling first novel . . . spare but lyrical . . . graced by images of both loss and renewal."

"A funny, breezy, and deeply knowing first novel."

"Troy captures both magic and the numbing sameness of everyday living--and infuses her descriptions with homespun yet hard-edged wisdom. . . . With more than just the sure hand of a fine writer, she infuses every sentence with a rare kindness and insight."

"Judy Troy's work is almost perfect. . . . She writes with a voice that cannot be ignored."
--Christopher Tilghman,

"These brief, sad tales of busted families, ditched husbands and abandoned wives, stepparents and stepkids, despite their bleakness, somehow manage to leave a light shining in the heart."
--Stanley Elkin

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