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About the Author
Rye Curtis is originally from Amarillo, Texas. He is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives in Brooklyn. He is thirty years old, and this is his first novel.
Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audio books, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler's Wife. She is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards.
"First novels are often praised for an author's potential, but Kingdomtide displays a talent fully realized...Rye Curtis is a writer of exceptional talent."-- "Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author"
Kingdomtide is a truly spectacular first novel: weird, tender, funny, grotesque--above all, deeply, achingly human. It tugged at my thoughts during the days I spent reading it, and has made for itself a permanent place in my memory.-- "Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Manhattan Beach and A Visit from the Goon Squad"
Rye Curtis's debut novel is an astonishing work. His powerful and convincing characters are at risk in a harsh and beautiful landscape in which the best and worst are revealed, and nothing is as it initially seems. Kingdomtide is at once a page-turner and a meditation on the complexity of the human experience and spirit.-- "Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone and The Maid's Version"
First novels are often praised for an author's potential, but Kingdomtide displays a talent fully realized. Cloris Waldrip's trek through wilderness after a plane crash is suspenseful from start to finish, but as the lives of her potential rescuers are revealed, the novel also moves through the even deeper wilderness of the human heart. Rye Curtis is a writer of exceptional talent.-- "Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena"
Holy smokes! I was sucked into this novel by the end of the first paragraph. If Flannery O'Connor wrote a procedural, she couldn't invent a stranger, more luminous world. This is a place where the grotesque and the sublime coexist in harmony, where misfits and outcasts band together to survive, and where the tale belongs to whoever tells it best--in this case, the immensely talented Rye Curtis.-- "Christina Bake Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World"
I read a lot of very good fiction, but this novel-so startling and thrilling, so packed with such wonderful characters-is the best novel I've read in a long time.-- "Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and A Star Called Henry"
Kingdomtide is much more than a harrowing tale of survival in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. A plane crash and rescue operation in this debut are but a pretext for a rich and stunning examination of the wayward. Rye Curtis has written a splendid, funny, and insightful book, and created an exuberant affirmation of the soul--lost, found, or (like most of us) in some kind of transit.-- "Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek"
Kingdomtide is an extraordinary debut novel that feels like the result of a fortuitous lab spill involving, in one rack of tubes, the essential literary fluids of Denis Johnson, Annie Proulx, and Flannery O'Connor, and, in the other, the sweet morality of Leif Enger, Kent Haruf, and Charles Portis. (When you think of the indelible Cloris Waldrip of these pages, picture True Grit's Mattie Ross at age seventy-two, still kicking ass and taking names.) But although a reader can at times sense various veins coming down from various mountains, they are always in service of the one big heart that becomes Kingdomtide, a book that is wise, touching, and most of all original.-- "Rick Bass, author national bestseller and Story Prize winner of For a Little While"
Stop reading this blurb right now and read the first paragraph of Kingdomtide. If you can stop after that, you'll know you're a robot. A defective robot. Kingdomtide will bring you to tears of laughter, tears of joy, and...are there tears of insight? Rye Curtis is a fireball of talent.-- "James Hannaham, PEN/Faulkner Award winner for Delicious Foods"
Gloriously unexpected...A deep and surprising debut...Cloris' survival narration is exciting, with devastating vistas and a mysterious savior in the form of a possible fugitive, but her musings on her past life and life in general are some of the book's very best moments.-- "Annie Bostrom, Booklist"
A darkly humorous debut...A captivating survival story...By turns thrilling, poignant, and hilarious, Kingdomtide is carried along by Cloris Waldrip's irresistible first-person narration. She is so matter-of-fact, wry, and indomitable it's not hard to imagine she's a granddaughter of True Grit's Mattie Ross...This is a promising first novel.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Kingdomtide is a truly spectacular first novel: weird, tender, funny, grotesque--above all, deeply, achingly human."-- "Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer prize-winning author"
An intense debut...Seventy-two-year-old Cloris Waldrip's grueling attempt to survive and escape is depicted with vivid urgency...Her gritty, nightmarish story, as well as her strong voice and personality, will make her a reader favorite...This story of survival will keep readers quickly turning the pages.-- "Publisher's Weekly"