Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Marcel Theroux's novel Far North, a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Out on the frontier of a failed state, Makepeace—sheriff and perhaps last citizen—patrols a city's ruins, salvaging books but keeping the guns in good repair.
“How refreshing to meet Makepeace Hatfield, who faces a world gone wild with hope, humor, and a scrappy tenacity that manages to find beauty in a ravaged arctic landscape, and hangs on to humanity against all odds.” —Pam Houston, author of Cowboys Are My Weakness
“Theroux is a master storyteller, and the narrative is as full of surprises as it is of murders. And in Makepeace he’s created the moral centre of a heartless world: hardened by . . . experiences [yet] capable of great courage, friendship and loyalty, so that the bleak vision of this novel contains a glint of consolation.” —Brandon Robshaw, The Independent on Sunday (five stars)
“An absorbing end-of-days fable.” —GQ
“It’s a great pleasure to fall into the pages of a natural-born storyteller. If you’re looking for an unforgettable character, your search ends here.” —Russell Hoban, author of Riddley Walker