Discover this extraordinary and beautiful novel from one of America's greatest novelists.
In rural Illinois two tenant farmers share much, finally too much, until jealously leads to murder and suicide. A tenuous friendship between lonely teenagers - the narrator, whose mother has died young, and Cletus Smith, the troubled witness to his parent's misery - is shattered. After the murder and upheavals that follow, the boys never speak again. Fifty years on, the narrator attempts a reconstruction of those devastating events and the atonement of a lifetime's regret.
**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
A truly extraordinary novel... Maxwell has tapped a vein of strange, pure emotion
Maxwell does something all great novelists do: he conjures depths of pain and regret in words of radiant simplicity
This calm, reflective and extraordinarily beautiful novel offers American fiction at its finest