We are pleased and honored to welcome back John Sayles, writer and filmmaker extraordinaire, an artist committed to doing work independent in spirit and in the spirit of solidarity with larger community and social purpose. He is here with a long-awaited new novel, Yellow Earth (Haymarket).
“Densely textured, overtly political fifth novel, the acclaimed director and screenwriter recounts what happens when shale oil is discovered beneath an Indian reservation in the North Dakota badlands and crowds of outsiders descend.” —New York Times.
“Without falling prey to false ‘both sides’ equivocation, Sayles masterfully balances and gives fair hearings to competing agendas and doesn’t shy away from the ugly side of human nature; by the same token, he doesn’t give in to cynicism or despair. What animates his fiction is curiosity about different kinds of people and their experiences, and an imagination expansive enough to portray their inner lives. He doesn’t fetishize diversity, but his stories are naturally diverse as a result of his engaged interest in the world around him. Now entering the fifth decade of his career, Sayles remains a standard-bearer for the American novel.” —Slant Magazine.
“John Sayles is a living master. Yellow Earth reminds me what novels are for.” —Jennifer Haigh.