It might seem unlikely to the snobs amongst us that Gilbert--ubiquitous
author of the bazillion-copy bestseller EAT, PRAY, LOVE--would write a
masterful, full-bodied historical epic. However, that’s exactly what
I guarantee IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS is
like no other novel you’ve ever read. Revolving around the deceptively
simple premise of a husband and a wife trying to start a family and a
life of their own, Matt Bell has crafted a surreal fable that is at once
ancient, modern and timeless.
During his seemingly uneventful life, Henry Darger wrote a beautiful and demented
15,000 page magnum opus about a group of magical sisters known as the
Vivian Girls, supplied thousands of illustrations for their adventures,
and managed to tell absolutely no one about them.
Marie's job as a guard at the National Gallery in London offers her the
life she always wanted, one of invisibility and quiet contemplation. But
amid the hushed corridors of the Gallery surge currents of history and
violence, paintings whose power belies their own fragility... read more