Soil by Jamie Kornegay | Reading this Weekend #3

Hello and happy Friday!

The weekend is almost upon us and I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some down time. After reading quite a few short story collections, some poetry and some non-fiction in the form of The Boy in the Book by Nathan Penlington (which is a really good read!), I'm ready to get stuck into a novel again. Two Roads have been very kind and given me this copy for review. They're a new-to-me publishing house but I thoroughly enjoyed Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnston and I have a feeling they're on the way to becoming one of my favourites.

Soil by Jamie Kornegay

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"It begins as a simple dream. 

An idealistic environmental scientist moves his wife and young son off the grid, to a stretch of river bottom farmland in the Mississippi hills, hoping to position himself at the forefront of a revolution in agriculture. 

Within a year, he is ruined.

When a corpse appears on his family's property, the farmer is convinced he's being set up. And so begins a journey into a maze of misperceptions and personal obsessions, as the farmer, his now-estranged wife, a predatory deputy, and a backwoods wanderer, all try to uphold a personal sense of honour. 

By turns darkly comic and disturbing, Soil traces one man's apocalypse to its epic showdown in the Mississippi mudflats. "
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When a book is described as being 'the Coen Brothers meets Crime and Punishment with a Mississippi twist' it's got to be worth a read, right?! I don't have any wild expectations because beyond the short blurb on the inside flap I really don't know anything else about it or about the author, Jamie Kornegay. Sometimes I like knowing a little about a book before I pick it up, but generally I love the not knowing; the diving into something that could turn out to be anything. I'm hoping for some rich descriptions of Mississippi (incidentally, how fun is that to type out?!) and some real character development as the main protagonist is gripped by paranoia as the narrative progresses.

All in all, I'm pretty excited for this one!

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What are you going to be reading this weekend?


  1. Soil sounds good, I really love that cover! I'd hoped to finish The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton this weekend but it ended up being way too hectic a weekend to read! :)

  2. ooh, this sounds like a very different but very intriguing novel - bookmarking. thanks Jennie! x


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