The Blue Hour

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What to expect

The tight-knit residents of Blue Moon Mountain, nestled high in the Colorado Mountains, form an interconnected community of those living off the land, stunned by the beauty and isolation all around them. So when, at the onset of winter, the town veterinarian commits a violent act, the repercussions of that tragedy will be felt all across the mountainside, upending their lives and causing their paths to twist and collide in unexpected ways.

The housecleaner rediscovering her sexual appetite, the farrier who must take in his traumatized niece, the grocer and her daughter, the therapist and the teacher, reaching out to the world in new and surprising ways, and the ragged couple trapped in a cycle of addiction and violence. They will all rise and converge upon the blue hour—the l’heure bleu—the hour of twilight, a time of desire, lust, honesty. The strong, spirited people of Blue Moon Mountain must learn to navigate the line between violence and sex, tenderness and the hard edge of yearning, and the often confusing paths of mourning and lust.

Writing with passion for rural lives and the natural world, Laura Pritchett, who has been called “one of the most accomplished writers of the American West,” graces the land of desire in vivid prose, exploring the lengths these moving, deeply felt characters—some of whom we’ve met in Pritchett’s previous work—will traverse to protect their own.

Critics Review

  • “High Plains award winner Pritchett links her characters in a seamless tale of uneasy lives poised for change in one Colorado mountain community. A pitch-perfect story from a superb writer.”

    Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Boldly lyrical…The narrative flows seamlessly from love story to love story, and Pritchett finds some texture by writing variously in first, second, and third person…In this elegant book, there’s an appealing verisimilitude in the way the characters are variously, tentatively connected.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “[A] piercing novel in stories…An original meditation on sex, love, and death.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • “This is the kind of book I’m always searching for and am very grateful to have found in the lyrical and heartbreaking pages of The Blue Hour.”

    Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men
  • “This is a snapshot of the new West, as seen from that most breathtaking perspective—the inside out.”

    Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

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