The Nashes are rooted in Kentucky, even as their stories show them to be seamlessly woven into the tale of America over the past 50 years. Marlowe has created a world where love and violence move in lockstep, and the sound of one family’s barbaric yawp echoes over rooftops. This is a brave, brilliant book.
Digging Up The Bones is one of the most gorgeous and wrenching books I’ve read in years. In the tradition of Jayne Anne Phillips and Dan Woodrell, Marlowe gives us abuse, addiction and, against all odds, hope. The prose is glass clear, the humor is dark, and the story is as sweeping and strong as the Kentucky hills.