Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha HuntMr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

Mr. Splitfoot

bySamantha Hunt

Paperback | January 24, 2017

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Ruth and Nat are seventeen. They are orphans. And they may be able to talk to the dead. Enter Mr. Bell, a con man with his own mystical interests. Together they embark on an unexpected journey that connects meteor sites, utopian communities, lost mothers, and a scar that maps its way across Ruth's face.
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Decades later and after years of absence, Ruth visits her niece, Cora. But while Ruth used to speak to the dead, she now won't speak at all. She leads Cora on a mysterious mission that involves crossing the entire state of New York on foot.&nbspWhere is she taking them? And who-or what-is hidden in the woods at the end of the road?&nbsp
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From a former New Yorker "20 Under 40" author comes a subversive ghost story that is as haunting in its examination of family, motherhood, and love as it is in its conjuring of the otherworldly . Mr. Splitfoot&nbsp will set your heart racing and your imagination aflame.
SAMANTHA HUNT's The Invention of Everything Else was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. After her first novel, The Seas, she was selected for the National Book Foundation's inaugural 5 Under 35 program. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker and McSweeney's.
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Title:Mr. SplitfootFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:054481181X

ISBN - 13:9780544811812

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly captivating I was impressed by the author's style and superior craftsmanship. The characters were interesting and the pacing kept me highly engaged for the duration of the novel. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-20

Editorial Reviews

Ethereal . . . The book deftly straddles the slippery line between fantasy and reality in a story that's both gripping and wonderfully mystifying . . . [I]nterconnected chapters build suspense while keeping readers guessing about what crazy turn might happen next. Hints of what's in store for readers include a cult of Etherists, a noseless man, a pile of lost money, and a scar-like pattern of meteorite landings. This spellbinder is storytelling at its best. "- Publishers Weekly, starred review "A truly fantastic novel in which the blurring of natural and supernatural creates a stirring, visceral conclusion."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review "I get the chills. Is it a true story? Is it a sad story? It's what people want. It has a lot of good energy and people, people will like it. They will keep reading it until they read the end of it. It's intriguing because a person will know there's something two-sided. Yeah. It's a good one."-Charlotte Bronte, speaking through a medium "Part road trip, part gothic, Mr. Splitfoot belongs on the shelf beside The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Samantha Hunt is astonishing. Her every sentence electrifies. Her characters demand our closest attention. Her new book contains everything that I want in a novel. If I could long-distance mesmerize you, dear reader, into picking up this book and buying it and reading it at once, believe me: I would."-Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, Magic for Beginners, and many others "I'm speechless. Mr. Splitfoot is so inventive, so new; I haven't read anything like it in years. On the surface it's about false spirituality and the most demented road trip across New York State ever attempted, but it's also about the horrible ties that bind us and the small acts of redemption that make life almost okay. On top of that, it's a thrilling page-turner. I couldn't stop reading it."-Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure, Super Sad True Love Story, and many others " Mr. Splitfoot is lyrical, echoing, deeply strange, with a quality of sustained hallucination. It is the best book on communicating with the dead since William Lindsay Gresham's Nightmare Alley, but it swaps out that novel's cynicism for a more life-affirming sense of uncertainty."-Luc Sante, author of Low Life and many others " Mr. Splitfoot is an absolutely thrilling book. Filial and maternal love are on display in all their complicated hugeness. But Hunt gives us plenty of humor amid the horror and awe- and then turns on the lights and shows us what was looming above us the whole time. I can't stop thinking about it."-Sarah Manguso, author of Ongoingness, Two Kinds of Decay, and others"