National Book Award, Fiction, 2008
©2008 Peter Matthiessen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century,
Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.
Shadow Country transverses strange landscapes inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of archaic racism that "still casts its shadow over the nation."