Literature - Fiction

Capstone Novel, Set In Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, About A Stockbroker Going Blind

In the Country of the Blind - A Novel by Edward Hoagland
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Sixty years after the publication of his first novel, Cat Man, Edward Hogland is publishing his twenty-fifth book at the age of eighty-three. This capstone novel, set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, introduces Press, a stockbroker going blind. Press has lost his job and his wife and is trying to figure out his next move, holed up in his Vermont cabin surrounded by a hippy commune, drug runners, farmers-gone-bust, blood-thirsty auctioneers, and general ne’er-do-wells.

Solace and purpose come from the unlikeliest sources as he learns to navigate his new landscape without sight. Hoagland, himself, is going blind, and through this evocative, unsentimental novel, we experience the world closing in around Press, the rising panic of uncertainty, the isolation of exile, the increasing dependence upon the kindness of strangers, and a whole new appreciation of the world just beyond sight. => More Information…


IN THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND

By Edward Hoagland

The New York Times Book Review – December 16, 2016 (Excerpt)

Sidelined from his job as a Manhattan stockbroker, separated from his wife and children in Connecticut and plagued by 20/400 vision — “My eyes are like Swiss cheese, the doctor says. I see through the holes” — 46-year-old Prescott, nicknamed Press, is the battered hero of Edward Hoagland’s quiet, emotionally complex new novel. A high-flying Harvard grad with entree to the good life of 1950s suburbia, Press is now, wings clipped, in lonesome exile among the farmers and hippies of northern Vermont in the Nixon-era ’70s. Bringing to mind the opener of Hoagland’s 1968 essay “The Courage of Turtles” — “Turtles are a kind of bird with the governor turned low” — Press has had his speed throttled almost to nil. Can he muster the courage to rev himself back to a semblance of who he was before? => Read more…