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Hard Land

Hard Land

Published by Diogenes as Hard Land
Original Title: Hard Land

Missouri, 1985: In an attempt to escape a troubled home life, fifteen-year-old Sam takes a holiday job in an old cinema. And for the duration of one magical summer, everything is turned on its head. He finds friends, falls in love and discovers the secrets of his hometown. For the first time ever, he is no longer an unremarkable outsider. Until something happens that forces him to grow up.

A homage to 1980s coming-of-age movies like The Breakfast Club and Stand By Me - the story of a summer that will never be forgotten.


General Fiction
352 pages
2021

978-3-257-07148-1

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»That summer when you first fall in love can never be repeated. But this gem of a book somehow captures the sunbeams of youth and makes them shine brightly again.«

Katja Kraft / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»Page by page, the reader grows more and more fond of the characters, sighing with the first-person narrator and wanting to give him a helping hand.«

Stefan Hauck / Börsenblatt, Frankfurt

»Outstanding dialogue, razor-sharp sentences, unspent stories within the story, and precisely detailed observations follow one after the other, unfurling with precision.«

Ulrich Steinmetzger / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»This book contains stunning truthfulness.«

Stefan Gohlisch / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hannover

»A book so natural in its abundance, it’s as though it wrote itself.«

Hartmut Wilmes / Kölnische Rundschau, Cologne

»This novel sends the reader into the aforementioned state of euphancholy.«

Peter Zander / Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

»Sam’s development from inconspicuous nobody to self-determined young man is delicately drawn.«

Markus Schramek / Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck

»The ›wonderful years‹ of which Truman Capote wrote are captured here with all their magic. We suffer, love, hope with Sam.«

Manfred Papst / Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, Zurich

»All the characters in the novel are lovingly and precisely depicted.«

Dorothea Westphal / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»Benedict Wells is an experienced writer with a feel for bipolar emotional worlds, for big dreams and subtle tragedy.«

Bernhard Blöchl / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

»If it leaves you cold, you've obviously never been young.«

Theresa Hübner / WDR 5, Cologne

»That summer when you first fall in love can never be repeated. But this gem of a book somehow captures the sunbeams of youth and makes them shine brightly again.«

Katja Kraft / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»Page by page, the reader grows more and more fond of the characters, sighing with the first-person narrator and wanting to give him a helping hand.«

Stefan Hauck / Börsenblatt, Frankfurt

»Outstanding dialogue, razor-sharp sentences, unspent stories within the story, and precisely detailed observations follow one after the other, unfurling with precision.«

Ulrich Steinmetzger / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»This book contains stunning truthfulness.«

Stefan Gohlisch / Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hannover

»A book so natural in its abundance, it’s as though it wrote itself.«

Hartmut Wilmes / Kölnische Rundschau, Cologne

»This novel sends the reader into the aforementioned state of euphancholy.«

Peter Zander / Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

»Sam’s development from inconspicuous nobody to self-determined young man is delicately drawn.«

Markus Schramek / Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck

»The ›wonderful years‹ of which Truman Capote wrote are captured here with all their magic. We suffer, love, hope with Sam.«

Manfred Papst / Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag, Zurich

»All the characters in the novel are lovingly and precisely depicted.«

Dorothea Westphal / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»Benedict Wells is an experienced writer with a feel for bipolar emotional worlds, for big dreams and subtle tragedy.«

Bernhard Blöchl / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

»If it leaves you cold, you've obviously never been young.«

Theresa Hübner / WDR 5, Cologne
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