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August 21, 2013
In this new book review segment Seven Stories Press intern Ellen Waddell reviews SoHo Press’s acclaimed novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.
I recently read Matt Bell’s In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods a debut novel that follows the lives of a pair of newlyweds as they struggle to establish themselves within the definition of “a family.” The husband, never addressed by name, is eager to have children and pressures his wife, likewise unnamed, through a chain of miscarriages that drives the couple further and further apart. Finally, out of desperation, the wife steals another woman’s child and pretends that it is her own to placate her husband, but this only marks the beginning of the deep unrest that characterizes their relationship throughout the rest of the novel. Sounds like a pretty normal depiction of unsatisfied married life, right?