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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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“Every page of Kent Wascom’s debut struck me with its beauty and ugliness. . . . This is not, like most novels, a glimpse of a life. It is a life.” —Esquire


The Blood of Heaven
By Kent Wascom
978-0-8021-2119-6 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2014
Fiction
“An astonishingly assured debut. . . . [Wascom] is more knowing than a writer his age has any right to be and displays a virtuosic command of biblical cadence and anachronistic vernacular.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Wascom writes with a fire-breathing, impassioned eloquence. Angel’s voice compels our trust from the beginning and echoes all the ghosts of the dark
Southern past.” —Washington Post

The Blood of Heaven is the tale of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son who at the dawn of the nineteenth century flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father. He soon falls in with a charismatic highwayman, and then settles with his adopted brothers on the violent frontier of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of lands held by the Spaniards and the French. The novel moves from the bordellos of Natchez, where Angel meets his love Red Kate, to the Mississippi River plantations, where the brutal system of slave labor is creating fantastic wealth along with terrible suffering, and finally to the back rooms of New Orleans among schemers, dreamers, and would-be revolutionaries who, together with the renegade founding father Aaron Burr, are plotting to break away from the young United States.
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