The People of the Broken Neck


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$16.95  $15.76
Unbridled Books
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5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Silas Dent Zobal is the author of a collection of stories, The Inconvenience of the Wings. His debut novel, The People of the Broken Neck, is forthcoming from Unbridled Books. He has published short fiction in the Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Green Mountain Review, Shenandoah, Wisconsin Review, and elsewhere. He has won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, been a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and been awarded a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Harrisburg, PA.


"A tour de force of a debut novel, which blends elements of mainstream thriller, noir fiction, preternatural mystery, and travelogue. ... Powered by rich imagery, darkly lyrical prose, and a deeply philosophical undertone, this novel explores the nature of family--particularly when those familial bonds begin breaking--with profoundly moving conclusions." Publishers Weekly

"America's Gogol." -- Claire Vaye Watkins

"Silas Dent Zobal's The People of the Broken Neck is one of those rare hybrids: a thriller and a deeply philosophical novel, a novel so finely attuned to the dark currents of human love and aggression that it touches those wellsprings that lie beneath the human. Beautiful and hard, Zobel's prose is like a newly-cleaned rifle." -- John Vernon

"I am a forever fan of Silas Dent Zobal, a direct descendant of the great stylists and provocateurs of arts and letters." -- Claire Vaye Watkins

"A searing debut novel: terse sentences juxtaposed with ambiguous, surreal descriptions of violence and the after-effects of trauma. ... A literary thriller somewhere between Phil Klay and Dennis Lehane." -- Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions