“Fast-paced and immersing, the novel offers a fascinating take on the power of money and politics”
“Novelist, memoirist and short story writer Herrin (Romancing Spain, 2006, etc.) has managed to transform the high profile, politically divisive issue of fracking into a thoroughly human, moving family drama.”
“Herrin’s deeply contemplative examination of this contentious topic is less about the environmental fallout from an invasive destruction of the land and more about the emotional fragility of a family who feels all too deeply the loss of a way of life.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“There is tragedy here, but there are also inspiring moments of compassion and kindness. A deeply moving novel that is highly recommended for fans of literary fiction.”
“Here’s an environmental novel that does just what you want it to do: Frame an important contemporary debate in profoundly human terms... Plenty of readers will enjoy Herrin’s book for its lustrous writing and poignant insight into the challenge of building a life worth living. But if you also want a novel that addresses a pressing political and environmental issue, Fractures is worth exploring.”--Ron Charles, Washington Post’s Book World
"Lamar Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my favorite writers at his finest."
—Ron Hansen, author of The Assassination of Jesse James
“With a voice as clear and kind as William Maxwell’s, and an acuity of vision as penetrating as J. M. Coetzee’s, Lamar Herrin has produced a devastating novel about family, home, and the dangers of plundering the earth. Peopled with characters as real as anyone we know and love, Fractures is a chronicle of our time, one that thrusts to light the dark attraction of technological pioneerism even as it traces the forces that divide and unite us all. I stand in awe of Herrin’s enormous talent and depth of heart.”
—Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge and How to Breathe Underwater
"Fractures is a tightly-knit and irresistible saga rich with the spell of the land and an environmental conscience. With the controversial issue of hydrofracking at its heart, it beautifully explores the sensitive habitat of the family, where intersecting planes of love and loss abound, and the many subterranean forces powerful enough to fracture a psyche or rebuild a heart."
—Diane Ackerman, author of One Hundred Names for Love
“A brilliant novel like this can offer a transcendent experience in itself with vibrant writing and complex, compelling characters. This is a breathtaking thrill ride into the futuristic intricacies of hydrofracking and the corresponding fracturing of a family. The prose is wonderfully lyrical.”
—Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country and The Girl in the Blue Beret
"The best literary fiction is often about families, and Lamar Herrin has always written superbly about them. Throughout his career, Herrin's insights into the complex emotional transactions of family life have just kept getting deeper. Fractures is his best novel; an aching, beautiful book."
—Brian Hall, I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark and Fall of Frost
“Fractures takes as its frame the new economic reality of Marcellus Shale drilling in the same manner that Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres employed the rise of factory farming. With great depth and generosity, Lamar Herrin shows us an American family—and the American soul—under pressure.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of Songs for the Missing and The Odds
“In this novel Lamar Herrin confronts head-on one of the most controversial issues of our time, hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale region of New York and Pennsylvania. Fractures is also an intense family drama, an intimate portrait of several generations of an extended family caught up in an accelerating collision of ideals, values, and memories. It is a story of love, and loss of love, of loyalty and betrayal, and family secrets revealed. Fractures surprises and illuminates this complex struggle in a way no one else has in either fiction or nonfiction. It is a must-read.”
—Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek
“A moving and beautifully crafted family drama, with characters who are more than just the usual suspects.”
—Matt Ruff, author of The Mirage and Bad Monkeys