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The witch of Hebron : a World made by hand novel
James Howard Kunstler
Adult Fiction KUNSTLE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the sequel to his bestselling World Made by Hand, Kunstler delivers another grim and suspenseful novel set in a post-oil world without electricity, Internet, or national order. In Union Grove, N.Y., the locals and the New Faithers, a religious order that has moved into an abandoned school, co-exist in an uneasy peace. Jasper Copeland, the teenage son of the town doctor, runs away from Union Grove after he takes revenge on a New Faither's horse that killed his dog, wandering the darkened countryside until he meets a bandit named Billy Bones, who drags him along on a vicious rampage. Meanwhile, back in Union Grove, Jasper's father and friends try to discover what happened to Jasper, while the New Faithers, led by the enigmatic Brother Jobe, learn of the boy's involvement in the horse's death and also want to find him. Kunstler's postapocalyptic world is neither a merciless nightmare nor a starry-eyed return to some pastoral faux utopia; it's a hard existence dotted with adventure, revenge, mysticism, and those same human emotions that existed before the power went out. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Hearing about this follow-up to Kunstler's 2008 World Made by Hand might make one somewhat apprehensive. Would the author be able to maintain the charm and impact of his first, postapocalyptic novel? Would he be able to keep us interested in his "world made by hand"? Set in the same small town of Union Grove, NY, this sequel wins on all counts. Kunstler skillfully extends the arc of the previous novel. In addition, he incorporates an effective coming-of-age story. Young Jasper Copeland, age 11, runs away from home and falls in with some bad company. As the story is resolved and the titular witch makes her appearance, the disparate parts of the narrative fall together with a spooky yet audible click. Kunstler's future is both reassuring and utterly terrifying at the same time. Verdict Just in time for Halloween, this paean to America's past and future rings true-Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses meets Stephen King's The Stand. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.-Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Jasper Copeland
Age: Teenager
Son of the town doctor; ran away from his town after he takes revenge on a New Faither's, a religious group, horse that killed his dog.

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