Donald Ray Pollock is one of the best writers to come down the pike in a long, long time. His first book of short stories, Knockemstiff knocked me over. Powerful, funny, deranged; they are some of the best stories this side of Flannery O'Connor. His new novel is the best book I have read this year. Set in Appalachia in 1917, it tells the story of a hapless trio of brothers, Cane, Cob and Chimney, the most unlikely desperadoes you will ever encounter as they make their way north from Georgia hoping to make it to Canada and safety. Laugh-out-loud funny, violent, and oddly moving, The Heavenly Table is unforgettable.