'A compelling novel of tragic suspense' AM Homes 'A taut and elegant suspense about strangers and strangeness, suspicion and forgiveness, reinvention and confession' Joshua Ferris
At the eastern edge of Long Island, far from the hustle of New York City, stands Orient, a village that has been home to a few families for hundreds of years and is now - reluctantly - opening up to wealthy weekenders and artists from the city.
On the last day of summer, a young man with a hazy past appears, and not long after comes a series of horrific events that shatter the peace in this isolated community. Fear and suspicion mount until everyone's secrets threaten to be exposed. But who is Mills Chevern? What is his real name and why is he here? As all eyes turn towards the orphan drifter, Mills elicits the support of Beth Shepherd, an Orient native who is hiding a secret of her own . . .
‘A compelling novel of tragic suspense. Christopher Bollen has a gift for tightly drawn characters and an ominous sense of place’ A. M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
‘A taut and elegant suspense about strangers and strangeness, suspicion and forgiveness, reinvention and confession’ Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
‘Expansive, immersive . . . it’s that rare beast, a beautifully wrought page-turner’ Mariella Frostrup, Observer
‘Bollen’s blend of killer thriller and social satire is certainly classy . . . the elegant portrayal of adultery and envy on America’s East Coast can't fail to recall John Updike' Sunday Times
‘Deeply seductive . . . Orient is like Donna Tartt novelising Twin Peaks while F. Scott Fitzgerald fixes cocktails' Guardian
Christopher Bollen is a writer who lives in New York City. He regularly writes about art, literature, and culture. He is the author of Lightning People and Orient and is currently the Editor at Large at Interview Magazine.
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