Reap

Reap

Eric Rickstad / Nov 19, 2019

Reap A bold debut novel weaves a coming of age story into the gritty lives and desolate beauty of Vermont s northeast kingdomLike a cross between Denis Johnson s Already Dead and David Lynch s Blue Velvet

  • Title: Reap
  • Author: Eric Rickstad
  • ISBN: 9780140298376
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • A bold debut novel weaves a coming of age story into the gritty lives and desolate beauty of Vermont s northeast kingdomLike a cross between Denis Johnson s Already Dead and David Lynch s Blue Velvet, Reap draws us into the hot, still air of a summer backwoods at whose fringes lurk danger and epiphany Jessup Burke, a lonely, naive sixteen year old, has grown up without aA bold debut novel weaves a coming of age story into the gritty lives and desolate beauty of Vermont s northeast kingdomLike a cross between Denis Johnson s Already Dead and David Lynch s Blue Velvet, Reap draws us into the hot, still air of a summer backwoods at whose fringes lurk danger and epiphany Jessup Burke, a lonely, naive sixteen year old, has grown up without a father in a jobless, indifferent logging town Out of high school a year early, he now bikes through the woods with his fishing gear, daydreaming of his sweetheart and their secret home in an abandoned farmhouse When Reg, an embittered, paranoid recluse fresh out of jail for growing marijuana, encounters Jessup hitchhiking, he is at first drawn to the boy s easily manipulated naivet

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    About "Eric Rickstad"

      • Eric Rickstad

        Eric Rickstad is the New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author of WHAT REMAINS OF HER, poised to be one of the most addictive and creepy reads of the summer of 2018 Look for it July 24, 2018 He is also the author of The Canaan Crime Series LIE IN WAIT, THE SILENT GIRLS, and THE NAMES OF DEAD GIRLS dark, disturbing and compulsively readable psychological thrillers set in northern Vermont, and heralded as intelligent, profound, heartbreaking and mind shattering His first novel REAP was a New York Times noteworthy novel Rickstad lives in his home state of Vermont.


    472 Comments

    1. This was a fast moving story of a boy who gets mixed up with a backwoods family of drug dealers. I liked the story, I could picture everything that was going on in the book vividly. The characters were pretty interesting. You had glimpses of them as children, happy and looking forward to a good life but the reality of how they turned out was far from happy or good. Watching sixteen year old Jessup getting sucked into these disillusioned lives was like watching a car crash in slow motion. At time [...]


    2. The ending contained a few of the flaws one might expect in a first novel— it's been too long since I read it to be more specific, but they had to do with "wrapping things up"— but notwithstanding, it's a magnificent book. It perfectly captures the mindset of poor rural Vermonters in an era when the dollar is almighty and the ski industry has brought those dollars to Vermont— but only to be dangled in front of the poor natives, not for them to be actually allowed to partake of— and the e [...]


    3. The setting is northeastern Vermont: here. And Rickatd's got it right. Reap strongly reminded me of October Light by John Gardner, who was not a Vermonter. Rickstad is, although not from this remote area. Despite that, Rickstad got the people, climate and geography right. He understands the poverty. This is a slow moving novel and I admit I had problems starting the book and keeping to it. The contrast between the slow beginning and the violent end is stark. Stark like the woods, the wind, and, [...]


    4. It took me four hours to read this book. Four hours because I could not put it down. Four hours where I went through the full range of emotions about the characters. I hated Reg and how he seemed to bully others around him. I felt sympathy for Marigold and the way her husband was treating her. I instantly likes Jessup. I liked Reg and wanted him to prevail over "the bad guys". I rooted for Marigold as she fought back. I cried for Jessup as he felt even more loss. This is a gripping novel that wi [...]


    5. Ok, Eric, I really like your writing style. I love your singular familiarity with Vermont. Thank you for the complexities that made me think, the insiders view of the seamy side of back country life in New England. And, most of all, thank you for the character of Jessup. One little bit of redemption I can hold on to. Enough said.


    6. As much as I liked his two other books, this one was more difficult to like. Had difficulty conceptualizing the story initially, took a while to get through it. Dark perspective on rural life in Vermont and what desperation and trees can lead people to do.




    7. Reap by Eric Rickstad just doesn't work for me. Characters were weak. Story is about a bunch of losers, drunks, and pot heads. In a small town where a kid has lived his whole life but nobody knows him. I don't think so. How stupid and naive is Jessup for a 16 year-old who doesnt attend school and had no friends. Then, Marigold is an adulterer and child rapist. Reg, Turnip or whatever his name is can't read and can't do math, a total loser. Jessup's momma is a useless parent who doesn't know the [...]


    8. You know, it's very rarely that I give up on a book, but I think I'm giving up on this one. It's really well written and some of the imagery is very powerful, but it's such a downer so far! It's about a bunch of 'losers' - jobless folks living hand to mouth, growing pot and just not people that you'd want to know. I just don't feel like sticking with these people and life's too short ya know?


    9. I'm going to need to think a long time about this one before I leave a review. Beautiful literary fiction with the thriller bent. Jessup was such a great character. I'm actually at a loss for words. I do see how people were confused after reading THE SILENT GIRLS because they're basically two different genres. Read with Rickstad's biography that he has an MFA--I wonder if perhaps this was his thesis because from a literary standpoint, absolutely superb.


    10. SadA sad little coming of age book. When you have nothing but youth and innocence and you just fall into the company of people who have neither goodness nor innocence, it could end tragically but there is a possibility, a small one, of hope. The truth might set you free or maybe just adrift.


    11. Interesting book. I am definitely a fan of this author. This book was a little slow to get going and the point was a little obscure for a while, but then I couldn't put it down. Great job for a debut novel. Definitly worth the read. Can't wait until he writes more.


    12. Too much repetition. The story was just not well thought out. The plot very thin. I felt the story was just incomplete and needed a better ending.



    13. I had no idea stagnation could spin so fast.Having read The Silent Girls right before, this is very different, though not any less brilliant.Eric Rickstad sure has a way with words.


    14. Great read! I really enjoyed this read. If you're in the mood for great characters, a dark read & a coming of age book. This is for you.




    15. Excellent TaleThe writing seems crisp and true. Characters come alive, imperfections and all. This novel has it all- suspense,horror, coming of age, and more.


    16. It came full circle, starting where it ended.A lot of violence, backwoods marijuana-growing, and many dreams, some irrevocably broken, some that leave you wondering what happened.




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