One of our favorite Montana writers, meaning one of our favorite writers, period, Kevin Canty visits, after too long a spell for his readers here, as he is here from Missoula with his much-awaited new novel, The Underworld (W.W. Norton). Set in a small Idaho town, this powerful, poignant book explores collective grief, language coming to loss, a mining accident and fire claiming lives.
“A timely reminder of the tremendously complicated questions communities in the American West face. And faced. And will face. These are superbly drawn people in an impeccably told tale, a perfect storm and novel.” — Antonya Nelson.
“[Canty] is one of my favorite contemporary writers because of his amazing gift for character and image… The Underworld is among his best work. Brutal and delicate, hilarious and totally heartbreaking. Like Charon, Canty makes a great ferryman into uncharted territory.” — Dan Chaon.
Kevin Canty’s other books include Into the Great Wide Open, Nine Below Zero, Winslow in Love, and Everything.