About the Book
"[A]n unforgettable literary blast
.Hepner's characters are among the most compelling to be experienced in contemporary fiction
readers will be moved by the author's poetic rendition of the land's unique topography that inflames, confounds, and rarely satisfies one's personal hunger for carving out a meaningful and happy life."
THE UTAH REVIEW
"At once bleak and pleasingly beautiful, the novel grows true from pain, betrayal, loss, love, and pale salvation."
"Pale Harvest is a dark novel by a deft storyteller."
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
"Dazzlingly laconic, making poetry of the sheer sweat and physicality of everyday life in a wornout landscape
LIBRARY JOURNAL, "Small-Press Gems"
"Hepner's stunning debut novel is an homage to the barren landscape of the American West. Hepner's gorgeous prose evokes the austerity and lonely beauty of the landscape. The novel is a meditation on the nature of hope and selfdetermination, a sweeping elegy to a dying town and to the bond between blood and earth."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
a deeply moving and intellectually profound novel built on the iconic myth of the American West. Think McMurtry's The Last Picture Show or Horseman, Pass By
Hepner draws a narrative exploring the existential angst smoldering in the rural West as family farmers who hold stewardship of the land confront social and economic conditions beyond their control. A bravura debut."
KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
"A quietly dazzling debut that any reader could enjoy."
LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
"Set in a rugged scrap of Utah, this first novel rings with the hardscrabble tones of Steinbeck
Pale Harvest is lush with unusual vocabulary and microscopic detail that combine to evoke a land and a kind of life singular to the American West."
"Hepner is a master storyteller, a craftsman of the first order, and a fine new talent. His Western Realism is a refreshing jolt, a throwback to Steinbeck and Stegner with its own stamp of uniqueness."
ANTHONY SWOFFORD, author of Jarhead and Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails
"Hepner's starkly poetic voice leads us into the lives of characters torn be¬tween the imagined glories of the infinite and the raw realities of hard labor here on earth. Pale Harvest is an unforgettable addition to the ever more various stew of American literature."
SCOTT SPENCER, author of Man in the Woods, A Ship Made of Paper, and Endless Love