Set in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks, this atmospheric debut is steeped in southern accents, bar brawls, and country music. When twin brothers Jordan and Malcolm Bayne return to the family home for a wedding they unearth tales of violence and heartache that have plagued their family for generations. A gritty, gripping tale with great characters.
— From Emily
A Powell's Top Five Staff Pick of 2017
A Library Journal Top Fall Indie Fiction Pick
The Nervous Breakdown Book Club Official Selection November 2017
A Spinetingler Magazine Best Books of 2017
A Barnes & Noble Recommended Read
A Chicago Review of Books Recommended Read
A Volume 1 Brooklyn Recommended Read
A Book Riot Recommended Read
Jordan is a country musician living in the shadow of his father, legendary bluegrass musician Walker Bayne. A man who has made a lifetime of poor decisions, Jordan bounces between dive bars, accruing women and drinking himself to the brink of disaster.
When he returns home to the Ozarks for his twin brother's wedding, Jordan uncovers a dark vein in the Bayne family history: going back to the end of the Civil War, every generation of Bayne men have been twins--and one twin has always murdered their father.
As old tensions resurface and Jordan searches for a way to escape his family's legacy, a mysterious hill dweller and his grotesque partner stalk the brothers' every move, determined to see the curse through to its end. Praised by Donald Ray Pollock as "one of the best debuts of the year," Middleton establishes himself as a novelist in good company with Brian Panowich and Smith Henderson, yet in a category all his own.