Mount Terminus

A Novel

David Grand

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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David Grand's Mount Terminus is a dark, majestic novel about art, family, overwhelming love, and the birth of Los Angeles

After his mother’s death, young Bloom boards a train with his bereaved father, Jacob, to travel west across mountains and deserts to California: Mount Terminus, their new home at the desolate end of the world. There, in a villa built atop a rare desert spring, they live apart from society, supported by the income from Jacob’s invention, the Rosenbloom Loop, a piece of technology that has revolutionized the nascent art of filmmaking. There, Bloom grows up in the shadow of his father’s grief, with only a pair of servants, the house’s ghosts, and his own artistic muse for company.
     But Jacob can’t forever protect his family from his past—the dramatic series of events that has taken him from the Hebrew Orphan Asylum on New York City's Lower East Side and into the graces of beautiful twin girls, and finally to this fragile refuge in pre-Hollywood Los Angeles. And Bloom, now an eccentric dark genius, can’t live alone at the top of the mountain forever. Prodded by his newly discovered half brother, in every way his opposite, Bloom will have to come down to meet the world. Otherwise the orange farmers and the vaqueros, the speculators and the developers, the artists and the barons of the silver screen, will surely come up the mountain to meet him.
     Triumphant and enthralling, Mount Terminus marks a magnificent return for David Grand; it’s the novel he was born to write.

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PART I
DARKNESS
 
 
 
No one knew where the spring on Mount Terminus originated. They could only conjecture from the warmth of its waters that the aquifer lay deep underground, near the hearth of the Earth. Jacob sounded out for Bloom the hiss and groan he would hear when the vapors rose and expanded into the pipes of their new home. He spoke of flowering gardens and bulky vegetable patches, the scents of citrus groves and the perfume of trees canopied in mentholated leaves, of a narrow promontory pointing like a finger over an ancient seabed to a distant shore, and

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"Mount Terminus is serious and funny, singular and rousing: a strange and memorable American monument in prose. It begins formidably and keeps growing. Best of all, it will bring David Grand into full recognition as one of the major writers working today." —Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life

"Mount Terminus is a spellbinding, atmospheric epic from a writer at the top of his game. It’s a story layered with transformations: Bloom’s blossoming into an artist, the California desert’s urbanization, and, brilliantly, the photograph’s development into the moving image. Mount Terminus is cinematic in scope and narrative: a richly imagined masterpiece brought to you in GRANDVISION™." —Wesley Stace, author of Misfortune and Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer

"Few novels set in motion an entire world, as this one does an imagined Los Angeles. Mount Terminus is as mercurial, witty, and sad as the best silent film. With his beautifully measured and stylish prose, David Grand has managed to create a rare story that is both epic and intimate, both intelligent and full of heart. I won’t ever forget the pure joy of Bloom the artist, alone as he is in this lost, majestic landscape." —Rene Steinke, author of The Fires and Holy Skirts

"I look to David Grand not just as a fellow writer but as a master of his craft. Mount Terminus is dark, elegant, and rich, his best book to date. It is also one of the finest, most elegiac novels about California I’ve ever read." —Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Super Sad True Love Story

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David Grand conjures early L.A. in 'Mount Terminus' - latimes.com
David Grand talks about 'Mount Terminus,' a novel set in early 20th century L.A.
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David Grand

David Grand is the author of Louse and The Disappearing Body. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin sons.

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Mount Terminus
A Novel
David Grand

e-Book Agency

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374711658
ISBN10: 0374711658
384 pages
$12.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374280888
ISBN10: 0374280886
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
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