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Season of the Snake

Season of the Snake

A Novel

Claire Davis

St. Martin's Press



The new novel by the award-winning author of Winter Range

When tragedy leaves her life in shambles, Nance flees her Wisconsin hometown and its reminders of grief, creating a new life in the West. She is a scientist, specializing in rattlesnakes and attrition rates in dens, believing that "you can overcome fear, control the level of risk by being prepared, by knowing your subject." Now with a home in Lewiston, Idaho, overlooking the Snake River, and her marriage to Ned Able, a grade school principal, Nance finally feels at peace.

Then an unexpected visit from her wayward sister Meredith revives old family conflicts, and resurrects a secret life that has long lain dormant in Ned. While Nance and Meredith mend their relationship, Ned's other nature begins to emerge, transforming him in ways that Nance denies, until, with the help of her sister, she is made to see what lies beneath the skin. But neither can predict how far Ned will go to hide his past, or where his frightening memories will lead him as he searches out an object for his obsession.

Claire Davis's debut novel, Winter Range, established her as a powerful voice in American writing. Season of the Snake extends her scope with a dramatic story, a vividly evoked setting, and an unforgettable group of characters.


Praise for Season of the Snake

“A suspenseful and heartbreaking meditation on the nature of fate, family, sex, death, and our individual misuses of love. Truly a thrilling novel.” —Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life, The Fruit of Stone, and Where Rivers Change Direction

“Claire Davis's new novel is a psychological thriller written with an almost Proustian sense of detail. It would not surprise me if Season of the Snake turns out to be this year's Mystic River, that rare book that manages to be both a huge literary and popular success.” —Steve Yarbrough, author of Prisoners of War and The Oxygen Man

“In Claire Davis's chilling new novel, predators wear the colors of their surroundings and only the undeceived survive. A tough, smart story given in uncommonly vibrant and muscular language. Season of the Snake reconfirms her place in the first rank of voices from the American West.” —David Long, author of The Falling Boy

“Like a coiled diamondback, Claire Davis's Season of the Snake grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The only time I put it down was to get up and lock the doors.” —Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean

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About the author

Claire Davis

Claire Davis is the author of Winter Range, winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Best First Novel and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Novel in 2000. Her short fiction has been chosen for the Best American Short Stories annual collection, read as part of the Symphony Space series on National Public Radio, and published in numerous magazines. She lives in Lewiston, Idaho, where she teaches creative writing at Lewis-Clark College.

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