Lin Enger

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Undiscovered Country

In spare, elegant prose, Lin Enger tells the story of a young man trying to hold his family together in a world tipped suddenly upside down. Undiscovered Country is at once a bold reinvention of Hamlet, and a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

“...flashes of prose as crisp and haunting as the frozen Minnesota setting...”
--Publishers Weekly, March 10, 2008

“Lin Enger’s first novel brings the heft of Shakespearean drama to the north woods of Minnesota. In an elegant narrative, Enger weaves a winter’s tale of betrayal and ghosts, of a son’s debt to his father and the wages of vengeance. Undiscovered Country is the best kind of discovery -- a riveting first novel that’s a genuine page turner..."
--Claire Davis, author of Winter Range and Season of the Snake

“Lin Enger starts Undiscovered Country with a literal bang and continues to ratchet up the tension. His characters are vivid and complex, and his descriptions of northern Minnesota in winter are astonishing. This retelling of a Shakespearean tragedy is powerful and engrossing.”
--Larry Watson, author of Sundown Yellow Moon and Montana 1948

“At once both otherworldly and shockingly real, Undiscovered Country reinvents the conundrum facing a modern-day Hamlet.”
--Tom Bailey, author of The Grace That Keeps This World and Cotton Song

“A novel of luminous sentences that carry us across a landscape of love and loss to a deeper understanding of our own lives, and of our desire to be forgiven and redeemed. It is a joy to read.”
--Don J. Snyder, author of The Cliff Walk and Of Time & Memory

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