Leaving the Land


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Douglas Unger, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is also the author of El Yanqui and The Turkey War, and, most recently, Voices from Silence: A Novel of Repression and Terror in Argentina.


"This fine first novel courts comparison with Willa Cather's . . . O Pioneers! But there is a big difference, since O Pioneers! . . . is about beginnings, while Leaving the Land is, sadly and disturbingly, about endings. It shows family farming giving way to corporate farming and agribusiness. . . . Marge [Hogan] has character, which is probably not inheritable. It is a rare commodity in modern novels."--New York Times Book Review--New York Times Book Review
"Nothing can now reverse the decline of the way of life Unger describes, but his beautiful and haunting book is at least a worthy monument to it."--[London] Times Literary Supplement--[London] Times Literary Supplement
"Douglas Unger's first novel is one of [the] year's best. . . . He's made a powerful debut."--Newsweek--Newsweek
"An unusually mature first novel, as unsentimental as its unlucky heroine, but filled with a sly affection for unwitting victims."--New Yorker--New Yorker
"Leaving the Land will win prizes. Or ought to. It is loving and tough and so honest it makes your teeth rattle. . . . An outstanding book about who we are."--Boston Globe--Boston Globe
"A vivid and memorable portrait of a small South Dakota farming community whose colorful folk traditions and way of life are destroyed by corporate agribusiness. The power of the book rests on it realistic characters. . . . Unger's language is spare and clean--his prose often as stark as the land he describes."--San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle--San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
"An affecting, grittily realistic tale that moves to the steady, compelling rhythm of the changing seasons."--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly