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Examples to be found here One particular image of native fauna coming into contact with civilization was particularly chilling Henderson may be new to novel writing but he has already had some success with other forms I do not know if he had much success as a social worker a prison guard or a technical writer but he co wrote a feature film while at the University of Texas Dance With The One won a 2012 Pushcart Prize for his story Number Stations and the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award for Fiction I guess he has emerged It should be known that you have probably seen some of Smith Henderson s work already without realizing You know that half time Superbowl ad for Chrysler with Clint Eastwood Halftime in America Henderson was one of the writers It ain t halftime this time Henderson with Fourth of July Creek goes long and scores a game winning TD There is satisfaction to be had in how Henderson resolves the conflicts he has presented And even when his outcomes are not happy ones they are believable We have been treated in recent years to a wealth of top notch first novels Fourth of July Creek will fit in nicely with the likes of The Orchardist The Enchanted and The Guilty One for example and it would sit very comfortably next to works by Willy Vlautin Smith Henderson s is a dazzling new literary voice and the release of this outstanding work is cause enough to light up the sky with barges full of pyrotechnics Trade Paperback Publication date March 10 2015 This review was posted March 7 2014EXTRA STUFFHenderson s Web page FB and TwitterIn case you missed it above here is the Halftime in America ad62714 A gushing NY Times review by Janet Maslin7414 a lovely short short piece from Ron Charles on the naming of the book and it s geographical placement In my very short review I wrote that the novel feels very American Yes it is what at least an outsider sees a part of the US Montana remoteness small towns guns a paranoid survivalist separated from the world ultra religious craziness police violence failure of social work system etcI have no idea how this novel got on my TBR some time ago and even less how I bought it 4 years ago What I know is that it was time to read it or dump it After going through the blurb I wasn t very optimistic but it won me over from the 1st chapter I both listened to it on Scribd and read it on Kindle and enjoyed both formats Bonus The MC s daughter sounded to me exactly like Ruth from OzarksPete Snow is a social worker who tries to help failed families while also failing his He is divorce and his estranged daughter runs away from her mother Pete is called to help an almost savage boy whose father is the paranoid survivalist I mentioned above Jeremiah They refuse all help because obviously everybody is trying to kill them Finally Pete gains Jeremiah s feeble trust an builds a sort of friendship with him At the same time Pete struggles to find his daughter and retake some normality in his life At the end of each chapter there is an interview with Sarah the daughter and an unknown interviewer a stylistic artifice that worked very well although it felt strange at the beginning With the help og that dialogue we get to learn about the reasons that resulted in the runaway and what happened afterwardsIt is a sad story about family love loss it is tough lyrical and it made me care for Pete although he made a lot of stupid decisions Original Review Such an American book I will try to clarify that statement in my upcoming review If you fly in the rarefied air of literary awards you may have caught Smith Henderson s name a few years ago when he won a Pushcart Prize and a PEN Emerging Writers Award A 41 year old advertising writer originally from Montana Henderson has published a few stories in literary magazines that like exotic birds are known to exist but are rarely spottedThose days of obscurity are over His first novel Fourth of July Creek is the best book I ve read so far this year On a gamble that seems sure to pay off his publisher is releasing 100000 copies and he s working on a TV adaptation The product of than a decade s work this richly plotted novel is another sign if any were needed that new fiction writers are still telling vibrant essential stories about the American experienceIn so many ways the story Henderson tells here describes an American experience most of us never have to see but should Far from big cities or either coast his characters are the poor and working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to For these people who spend every cent they earn a layoff an illness even a car repair bill can collapse a whole family and the ones most violently upended by those misfortunes are childrenPete Snow the protagonist of Fourth of July Creek knows such children well A social worker in Montana in the early 1980s he belongs to that class of municipal servants who show up as the police handcuff a raging father or the medics zip Mom s needle marked body into a bag While the sheriff carries a gun Pete wields his clipboard Armed only with free diapers and soup cans he stares down proud angry parents who are contemptuous of big government but hungry for government aid Dazed by the Infinite Creativity Of Sexual Abuse But Blessed With The Dexterity creativity of sexual abuse but blessed with the dexterity hope he keeps struggling to make damaged families work One day he has to remind a young mother that her baby can t feed itself another day he s got to convince a faithful man that sin didn t poison his wife And none of this often futile work takes place on anything like a predictable schedule The law may dawdle for months over what to do with an addict but her little girl needs a safe place to sleep tonightThe social worker is a tempting figure to beatify and God knows these low paid overburdened people deserve all the veneration we can give them But Henderson who once worked at people deserve all the veneration we can give them But 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group home uveniles is too fine a writer to set a wooden saint at the center of his novel Instead he gives us a flawed and wounded hero Pete may save others but he can t hold his own family together He s left his adulterous wife and bitter teenage daughter and now lives in a cabin without electricity he showers at the courthouse When his no good brother appeals for help Pete tells him Will you This All Encompassing Trip: Chasing Pearl Jam Around The World just get back in your truck and go The endless labor of patching up desperate strangers provides a comforting way to ignore his own derelict life As he drunkenly admits one night to his wife I take kids away from people like us Like those other ad men turned novelists Peter Carey and Salman Rushdie Henderson knows how to create the sensation that we re being propelled through a story that sust as poignant as it is frightening Infused with psychological complexity and lush with the landscape of the Northwest the novel barrels along with the chaotic demands of Pete s Scouts job and family from crisis to crisis to uiet scenes of despair At unexpected moments the narration shifts briefly into the second person placing us right in Pete s life And that larger story is interrupted by snippets of dialogue between two unnamed figures talking about the harrowing plight of Pete s daughter It s a complex structure that could easily grow unwieldy but Henderson choreographs these parts so masterfully that the novel is never less than wholly engagingPete s most challenging case which becomes the story s focus involves a scurvy 11 year old boy who wanders up to a school playground and speaks in the clipped cadence of a POW announcing at one point that he d renounced his citizenship Returning the boy to his home in the forest Pete meets the boy s dad a survivalist named Jeremiah Pearl And so begins a perilous relationship between these two troubled fathers each trying to save his own child from the evils of the worldPearl Tribulation ready Race War ready seems at first a spooky Gothic creature slipping silently through the woods spending coins with holes punched in the presidents heads But illuminated by Henderson s sympathy this tortured zealot becomes both victim and villain an endlessly fascinating character caught in the confluence of personal tragedy and America s darkest fears Here is the millennial complex in full bloom the craziest most poisonous expression of anti government paranoia fueled by a corrupted brand of Christianity Obsessed with tangled biblical prophecies Pearl announces I am dynamite and hunkers down with his guns and his gold The last thing he ll accept is some godless social worker trying to tempt his children with the devil s medicineBut Pete is determined to serve families wherever they are no matter how loopy they may seem And in a similar way this novel is engaged in the hard work of understanding people we usually write off in disgust Pursued by the four horsemen of ignorance poverty drugs and illness who wouldn t think the Apocalypse is nigh As Pete s personal life spirals out of control Pearl s radical break from civilization offers an alluring kind of solace a relief from his complicated failings But can Pete win the anarchist s trust before he sparks a deadly confrontation with government officials who suffer from their own brand of paranoiaAll week I was looking for opportunities to slip back into these pages and follow the trials of this rural social worker The greatness of Fourth of July Creek stems from Henderson s ability to subtly tie the struggles of one ordinary man to the broader currents of American culture both its blessings and its evils The result is a story that is simultaneously intimate and grand written in a style athletic enough to capture a spectacular range of harrowing events These may be the End Times for Jeremiah Pearl but they reust the beginning for Smith HendersonFrom The Washington Post There are uite a few damn good books coming out in 2014 by fairly unknown authors this is one of them This is rural fuckedupness right up there with the Donald Ray Pollock and Daniel Woodrell It s 1980 Carter is about to be ousted from the White House Reagan s on the rise and in a small town in Montana a long haired social worker is about to be in the center of a whole lot of disturbing shit Shitty families drugs alcohol fringe Christians with radical libertarian economic ideas criminals violence and despair It s all here. Valist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End TimesBut as Pete's own family spins out of control Benjamin's activities spark the full blown interest of the FBI putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscath. ,
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY We re not that badPeople fuck up They get forgivenoptimism is nice but it s one thing to tell yourself that and another to live in the real worldpete snow lives in the real world he works for the montana department of family services where his territory covers a huge swathe of the rural backwoods of the state the year is 1980 but there is a timelessness to this remote and undeveloped country which leaves its inhabitants untouched somewhat exempt from the world at largepete bears witness to damaged families and the failures of the underfunded system as he encounters violence drugs child neglect and abuse shotguns poorly trained dogs trailers and poverty on a daily basisat first he seems to have an unflappable and professional mien competent and good intentioned but as the plot progresses we begin to see the strain his ob is putting on him as his own life begins to unravel pete has been separated from his wife beth for some time when she suddenly announces that she is moving to texas and taking their thirteen year old daughter rachel with her although not entirely to blame for the breakdown of the marriage pete knows he has failed his family and that he had in some sort of misplaced attempt at atonement ultimately sacrificed his relationship with them in order to channel his energies into rescuing other fractured families a tactic his bitter daughter has noticed after they leave pete drowns himself in alcohol and work and falls into the same excesses as many of his clients adding to his personal problems are his brother luke who is on the lam after assaulting his parole officer wes who keeps visiting pete looking for luke and making veiled threats the death of pete s estranged father a boozy new romance with a troubled young woman named mary and a self destructive slide falling into the bad habits of his youth in texas beth is falling into her own bad habits exposing rachel to her increasingly debauched lifestyle and putting her in danger when rachel runs away it s the final contribution to this perfect storm of trouble in which pete struggles to maintain controlinto this storm wanders ben a scrawny near feral eleven year old who has been raised deep in the hills by his dangerous father eremiah who has been filling his head with his paranoid conspiracy theories and old testament bombast while they await the end times pete and eremiah form a precarious relationship as pete tries to overcome eremiah s mistrust to get food and medicine to ben pete is state hopping trying to find his daughter dealing with the difficult case of a seemingly unplaceable boy named cecil dodging wes trekking through the wilderness to keep tabs on ben and eremiah learning too much about mary and drinking drinking drinking throughout all these various pressures his professionalism begins to falter as he repeatedly witnesses the shortcomings of the system and he becomes increasingly erratic bending the rules to try to salvage ust one thing in his unstable situation but things fall apart the center cannot hold and mere anarchy is loosed upon the world to misuote some yeatsthis all sounds very complicated and it is but the book s elements work smoothly together as the stories ebb and flow over one another merging in unexpected ways breaking up the chapters of pete and those he is trying to help we have a series of interviews between rachel and an unknown interlocutor and we learn about the conseuences of her reckless decisionsthis is not a tidy story you are allowed to see what you re allowed to see and no as several characters are taken to a certain point without true closure i love this techniue although it might be frustrating to some readersthere are so many fantastic scenes which will resonate with me for a long time ben s repulsive feet the mount st helens story the story of the rest of the pearl family the way pete s father died pete s lament I take kids away from people like us it s all phenomenal and lasting i would have liked a little clarity in the scenes of rachel s interview though i was never sure if it was a real interview or some kind of ongoing series of diary entries there were too many times where the interviewer knew too many specific personal details for it to be an actual interview but it was an important perspective to contribute to the other stories of children in dire situationsoverall a fantastic debut with a broader and sensitive viewpoint than typical in grit lit write books pleasecome to my blog How can this not be five stars It s essentially a story about three lost children and this one guy s attempt to find them He s a social worker So we have a social worker as alcoholic fuckup hero One of the kids he s trying to save is his daughter In the novel it s 1980 81 82 Carter into Reagan and we re in the wilderland of Montana where there s a crackpot and his family one of these millenarian swivel eyed ranters about the gold standard and masons and the illegal government in Washington and how Roberto Calvi s death by hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London was precisely foretold in Revelations and is a portend of the End Times Our social worker Pete Snow gets involved gets fascinated when the son of this family wanders into the playground of a school intrigued by the sight of so many children he s not related to This is a Big Statement novel and I was reminded of that famous aside in Hend Raw gut wrenching and heartbreaking Midwest America outside the city limits exists poverty addiction crime and abuse Much resources to help those in need Pete Snow is a social less resources to help those in need Pete Snow is a social living day to day attempting to protect and remove children from abusive homes He is an alcoholic unable to deal with the stress in his ob as well as within his own life trying instead to make it better for others at the cost of losing touch with his own daughter who becomes a runaway and starts living the life of these children he is trying to protect Henderson creates a character and story we can unfortunately relate to 5 stars He was frightened for her and what was about to happen to her and felt the fullest burden of *the fact that he was indeed a thing that had happened to *fact that he was indeed a thing that had happened to too and was happening to her yet and would be for a long time to come Pete Snow is a good man despite that fact he is in the vortex of a tornado Those close to him are flung far and wide battered and bruised by the briefest of contact His relationship to his larger than life father is nearly nonexistent When his father dies he learns of it when people start offering him condolences His brother has recently whacked the crap out of his parole officer and is on the lam His wife sleeps with someone purposeful with the intent of watching Pete walk out the door His daughter is on the verge of womanhood with a slutty mother as a role model and a father interested in saving other people s kids than his own It is tragic to watch a man who wants to do so much good creating so much havoc There is also Cecil a teenager Pete is trying to help out of a bad situation but ends up lying to him in the course of trying to help him Pete persuaded him to trust him no easy task and then threw it all away at the very moment he had a chance to save him Sometimes we get expeditious when we need to slow down We need to take the time to convince rather than be deceitful Unfortunately life ust throws too much crap through the fan for us to always do the right thing We make mistakes And then there is Pearl and his son Benjamin When Benjamin stumbles into town undernourished and in tattered clothes Pete has a kid where the needs are so obvious even he can t screw it up or can heLet s circle back around to the wife Beth The loose beauty about her the way her smile cracked across her face her wide lopsided curls rigged into a bun that seemed liable to topple down reminded him of a tooth about to come out a button about to fall off Everything about her always on the verge of falling down or out Made a body want to screw her heart out Even now Even after she d cheated on him and even though it still hurt like a purple bruise he could see falling into bed with her Just a look at her The beer eyebrow cocked her condescending grin She said his name plain Even that ached Beth is the type of woman a man wants to be in the backseat with beer breath making a plume every time tongues touch rollicking down country roads hearing the gravel pinging in the wheel wells and your heart beating like a loose ball bearing in your chest The whole backseat a rolling cart of near to fuck She will make you forget yourself stomping on your compass in the process She will knock your center askew permanently from true North She will make you batshit crazy Pete s not that dissimilar maybe ust the male version He still goes out with buddies when he needs to forget gets drunk ends up with women he wouldn t give a second look to if he were sober His father was a force of nature in the county ruling without holding office and casting an umbrella of protection around his sons that evaporates the moment he breathes his last There is a whiff of landed gentry about Pete even though he tries his best to cast off any association with his own name He expects women to want to sleep with him and generally they do As a social worker doors open for him that may have as much to do with his last name as it does with his own persistence He denies who he is and yet he can t be who he is without the father he had One of those conundrumsmost of us have them to varying degrees His wife moves to Texas taking their daughter Rachel with them Pete is too passive letting it all happen It is only after they are truly gone that he starts to get an inkling of what he ust gave up His wife moves in with a trucker Anybody ever heard of the expression ass grass or gas nobody rides for free Well I ll let you decide which one Beth provides The problem is Rachel is blossoming ust turned fourteen and the revolving door of men that come through the house start to pay attention to her than they do to Beth Rachel feels the power She also knows something critically important about her mom Because her mother s heart was wyoming it was wyoming hard and she was days and years and maybe forever from a good man Pete picks up wi. In this shattering and iconic American novel PEN prize winning writer Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom community grace suspicion and anarchy brilliantly depicting our nation's disuieting and violent contradictionsAfter trying to help Benjamin Pear. Fourth of July CreekTh Mary a fellow social worker and product of the system She spent most of her life in foster care and bears the scars He reached across the table and got her wrist A pair of hairline scars there too He rubbed the groove they made He didn t think at all about why she d done that It was the past Pete is too worried about the present and not keeping an eye on the rearview mirror where the past is coming up fast If the past is not dealt with and placed in a box wrapped in ribbon and notated with lessons learned then it is still ust knocking around in your brain waiting for a new place to land It all lands hard when Rachel runs away from home Rachel picks up with a man a boy really playing pimp with dyed black hair and a penchant for manipulations She gets busted doing something she thought was impossible to contemplate No She volunteered nothing but her name Rose Snow She was a whore Did they get it They could put her in The Second Cure jail for all she cared They could go ahead and shoot her in the head ForAllSheCaredPete finds RachelRoseust to lose her again He sees enough of her to see the stark reality of his own failures He ran a race with his daughter but he took too many detours and by the time he caught up with her she was past the tape and beyond him Pete Snow is a good man I rode in the passenger seat with him for 467 pages through the Big Sky country of Montana to the dusty plains of Texas and through the rain soaked city streets of Portland I can attest to the fact that he is a good man flawed sometimes tilting at windmills but ultimately trying to make a difference Protocol becomes a harness that when it is finally flung aside allows Pete to finally start make a difference The Pearls that I mentioned early a man and a boy bound together through the religious madness of their wifemother might be the final redemption for Pete I stepped out of my office door the other day to see if in some whiskey laced moment of craziness I had hung a shingle out People come to me with their problems I dispense wit and wisdom and sometimes with smug satisfaction feel like I ve actually helped people Reading this book and watching Pete fumble around good intentions surrounding him like the dust devil around Pigpen I realize that I rely too much on logic It is a cold science right and wrong are black and white So many elements that we slice and dice away from a problem are the very things that make us human When I should be listening I m too busy pondering resolutions Before offering solutions I would be better served to offer compassion I m not a priest social worker or a psychologist but I am a person who can help If I m going to help I have a responsibility to make sure I do it in a way where I m helping them than I m helping myself 45 stars out of 5If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Pete Snow is a social worker fighting a losing battle against the products of poverty drugs alcohol and ignorance His patch is Tenmile rural Montana a depressed flyblown backwater surrounded by miles of blacktop empty skies snow topped mountains and the savage beauty of untracked wilderness It s the late 1970s in the era of Reagan and CarterPete s got a lot on his plate an over full case load of broken families including Jeremiah a paranoid survivalist and his young son living rough in the woods and Cecil a thirteen year old tear away with a small s ster and a hopelessly addicted mother It doesn t help that Pete is flirting with alcoholism and that his wife and child have upped sticks and left for a new life in Texas To cope with all this Pete needs to be sensible clear headed and strong He s none of these in fact you spend most of the book with your hands over your eyes peaking out between your fingers muttering no Pete don t do it He does his best though in his haphazard heartfelt way and he s a character it s hard not to likePete spends much of his time trying to make the best of a bad ob and failing There are times when it seems things can t get worse for him but you guess they probably will as his cases run against him and his love life disintegrates Add to this a trail of him and his love life disintegrates Add to this a trail of mayhem and manhunts and it all begins to look pretty explosive as social work clashes violently with law enforcementSmith Henderson doesn t shy away from any of the desperate human issues that go with poverty and addiction and he writes unflinchingly about homelessness prostitution and abuse Lives are stripped bare and the America described in these pages is as far away from the American Dream as another planetTough lyrical and freuently moving Fourth Of July Creek may be an uncomfortable read but I didn t want it to end I may cryI wanted this book from the minute I saw the first blurb about it I ve drooled for it Then I start reading it I wasn t crazy about it What is wrong with me I love this type of book Gritty dark and the souls of the characters are laid bare Still didn t like itThe writing for meand this should not stop anyone from reading it was choppy and uneven Half the time I didn t know what was going on or which character was being discussedI think I m gonna troll my damn self for being a hater Why Stupid Evil ueen Wannabe There should be fireworks shooting off my damn self for being a hater Why Stupid Evil ueen Wannabe There should be fireworks shooting off Smith Henderson s first novel as it is a ust cause for celebration This is not to say that the subject matter is exactly festive but the book is a triumph Pete is a social worker in Tenmile Montana a place so insignificant it was named for it s distance from the nearest possible somewhere The folks he is charged with trying to help out need all the support they can get but some can t seem to accept any There are three main threads braided into this novel Cecil is a troubled teen in a household where the biggest problem is his substance abusing layabout mother The two do not get along big time Firearms are involved When eleven year old Benjamin Pearl wanders into town alone dressed in rags and looking like he d been reared by wolves Pete is called in to check things out Following the story of Benjamin and his family is the core here story of Benjamin and his family is the core here a portion of almost every chapter is given over to the third thread Rachel Snow Pete s daughter who has troubles of her own Pete is the central element interlacing with the threadsPete Snow is basically a decent guy bloody far from perfect but his heart is in the right place He really cares about the people he is charged with helping and tries his damndest to figure out what the best thing is to do for each That it does not always work out and that he is better at helping others than he is himself are foregone conclusionsThe AuthorSmith Henderson offers us a look at a place in America rural and sometimes not so rural Montana but also a time It is no coincidence that the story is set in 1980 when the promotion of Morning in America also encouraged the release of a lot of pent up insanity Benjamin s father is a seriously scary survivalist His paranoia may at times have a basis in reality but his worldview is straight out of the Lunatic Fringe Encyclopedia There have always been folks with Jonathan Pearl s particular flavor of madness but it looks like Henderson is signaling what lies ahead a world in which entities like right wing talk radio Fox News and any organization associated with the Koch brothers foment fear 247 and offer a media route in which to legitimize lunacy Ben s father actually believes when he sees et contrails that the gub mint is spying on him There is plenty to that story but the political this is what is being unleashed element is uite significant although it is only implied The implications of freedom are given a look At what point does your ability to be free living a life of paranoia infringe on the rights of those who have not chosen the same path Where is the line between legitimate desires for non interference and license to do whatever Where is the line between society s right to protect it s children and parents s rights to raise children as they see fitWe get a look at institutional limitations and extreme downsides even when those institutions are staffed by well meaning folks Of course not every one is so well meaning We also get a look at the hazards to kids of growing up working class from screwed up homes Children have a lot to contend with here Ok now that I have made the whole thing sound like such a downer time to shine a bit of light in the darkness While Pete definitely has his issues he is beautifully drawn and is someone we can cheer on most of the time anyway There are some good people in Tenmile a family who fosters kids in need a caring udge a tonic to the extant horrors Learning about the survivalist world is fascinating stuff even if these days we know about it than we should have to The writing is powerful and stunningly beautiful A sample of lovely descriptive He liked the Sunrise Cafe for its coffee and smoky ambience and the way his arms stuck to the cool plastic tablecloths in summer and how the windows steamed beaded and ran with tears when everyone got out of church and came in for breakfast on a cold morning He liked how Tenmile smelt of burnt leaves for most of October He liked the bench in front of the tobacco shop on the suare and how you could still send a child to buy you a pouch of Drum from inside with no problem from the proprietor He liked the bowling alley that was sometimes according to a private schedule kept only by them absolutely packed with kids from the local high school and the surrounding hills who got smashed on bottles of vodka or rotgut stashed under their seats and within their coats How much biology throbbed and churned here the mist coming off the swales on the east side of town and a moose or elk emerging as though through smoke or like the creature itself was smoking How the water looked and how it tasted right out of the tap hard and ideal like ice cold stones and melted snow How trout looked in that water brown and wavering and glinting all the colors there were and maybe some that didn t really exist on the color wheel a color say that was moss and brown spotted like peppercorns and a single terra cotta colored stone and a flash of sunlight all at once That color existed in the water here There are plenty. L an undernourished nearly feral eleven year old boy living in the Montana wilderness social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father Jeremiah With courage and caution Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survi.