An "NPR" Best Book of 2014
A Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection
A "bleak and brilliant" ("Minneapolis Star Tribune") debut novel,"one of the finest evocations of life in Western America in recent memory, a book that stands alongside Richard Ford's "Rock Springs," Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping," James Welch's "Fools Crow."" (William Kittredge)
Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's "The Ploughmen" is a new classic in the literature of the American West.
At the center of this searing, fever dream of a novel are two men a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together two haunted souls by the secrets they share, and by the rugged country that keeps them.