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“Dialogue so right that you feel like you’re eavesdropping on a small, special world.”– New York Times Book Review
“Impossible to read without recalling the best tales of Washington Irving and Mark Twain.” – Richard Russo
“Superb storytelling, a delightful novel filled with humor and grace.” – Alice Hoffman
The Fall of the Year
Houghton Mifflin, 1999; paperback, Mariner Books, 2000
Set in the beautiful mountains of Kingdom County, The Fall of the Year is Howard Frank Mosher’s brilliant autobiographical novel about love in all its forms, from friendship to the most passionate romance, in a place where family, community, vocation, and the natural world still matter profoundly. Here are the lively stories of the eccentric inhabitants of Kingdom County, including Louvia the Fortuneteller; Foster Boy Dufresne, the local bottle picker; and the daredevil tomboy Molly Murphy, who risks her life to fulfill her dream of running away with the Greatest Little Show on Earth. Mosher’s kingdom is “timeless. It existed well before man, has survived his spell upon it, and will do so long after the curtain has fallen” (Washington Post Book World).
"An uncommonly fine work of fiction." - Amazon.com
"A wide spectrum of unforgettable minor characters and rich sense of story sustain this ultimately winning novel." - Publishers Weekly
"A little bit of heaven can be found in the mountains of northern Vermont, a place populated by eccentrics, fortunetellers, small-minded civic functionaries and a man who just might be God. The village of Kingdom Common is the setting and centerpiece of Howard Frank Mosher's elegiac new novel, The Fall of the Year." - The Chicago Tribune