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Live Free or Die
Ernest Hebert



Darby Chronicles

UPNE
2014 • 430 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Fiction & Literature

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-706-4
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-708-8

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“For more than a decade Ernest Hebert has been shaping with relatively scant fanfare one of the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary American fiction – a... [continued in Reviews below]”—Boston Globe

Long drop, no net, when the trash man’s son and the squire’s daughter fall in love

“You stay in your hometown, you end up more of a stranger than if you’d started new someplace else.”

The struggle between the indigenous rural working class and the upper crust intensifies in this turning-point novel of the Darby Chronicles as Freddy Elman, son of the town trash collector, and Lilith Salmon, daughter of a prestigious family, embark on their ill-fated love affair.

Seeing Darby through new eyes, Freddy comes to realize that “the kind of people who hunkered down among these tree-infested, rock-strewn hills” is “dying out, replaced by people with money, education, culture, people ‘wise in the ways of the world.’” As that world increasingly intervenes, the lovers’ attempt to bridge the chasm that divides their class-alienated families inevitably collapses.

This is a book for anyone interested in local politics, privilege, and poverty, all embedded in a story of love and death in the woods and on the ledges of the Granite State.

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Read more about this title and all of the Darby Chonicles novels at Ernie Hebert's website.

Reviews / Endorsements

"For more than a decade Ernest Hebert has been shaping with relatively scant fanfare one of the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary American fiction – a seven-volume cycle about Darby, a southern New Hampshire hill town, into which the texture of class is as skillfully woven as it is in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County." —Boston Globe

"The fifth novel in Hebert's masterful series . . . sure to send many readers all the way back to the first novel." —Entertainment Weekly



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ERNEST HEBERT resides in a pleasant town outside Keene, teaches English in the small college town of Hanover, and spends a good deal of time in the imaginary Darby, all three situated in New Hampshire. For more about author Ernest Hebert and the Darby Chronicles go to erniehebert.com.

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