A Novel

Book - 2016
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In the woods outside the town of Willnot, the remains of several people have suddenly been discovered, unnerving the community and unsettling Hale, the town's all-purpose general practitioner, surgeon, and town conscience. At the same time, Bobby Lowndes--his military records disappeared, being followed by the FBI--mysteriously reappears in his hometown, at Hale's door. Over the ensuing months, the daily dramas Hale faces as he tends to his town and to his partner, Richard, collide with the inexplicable vagaries of life in Willnot. And when a gunshot aimed at Lowndes critically wounds Richard, Hale's world is truly upended. In his inimitable spare style, James Sallis conjures indelible characters and scenes that resonate long after they appear. You live with someone year after year, you think you've heard all the stories, Lamar observes, but you never have.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781632864529
Characteristics: 178 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Will not


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May 09, 2017

This poetic novel yields its considerable pleasures to the reader willing to savour the storytelling without needing a lot of plot structure, or even a linear flow of time. The mysteries explored here are human, rather than criminal.

ArapahoeLesley Mar 05, 2017

Beautifully written with vivid and intriguing characters, Willnot is a look at the variety and intricacies of life through the eyes of a rural doctor. With musings on mortality, military service, finding your place in the world and much more, this book, despite it's small size is thought provoking and impacting.

Sep 22, 2016

This is not your typical mystery, however, I still enjoyed Sallis' prose. Considering the overall length of the story, I felt that too many characters were introduced and essentially forgotten. The "mystery" is never solved, and the novel serves as more of a literary novel based on a middle-aged man coming to terms with mortality.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 22, 2016

Beautiful, deep writing that made for a more intricate read than anticipated. Descriptions of the setting really brought the town to life, though the plot's abrupt changes in time and purpose made the read as muddled sometimes as the mystery itself

Jul 02, 2016

This novel is well written, thoughtful and thought provoking. Has a sort of William Faulkner feel or vibe to it. I liked the narrator, Dr. Lamar Hale. My inner mystery addict wanted to know more about the shooter who wounds Richard, and more development about the bodies found in the grave outside town. But overall a good effort.


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