Betrayed by his art and disillusioned by his job as a professor, Ray Casper finds that his long-time girlfriend has just left him. At the death of his estranged father, he links up with his out-of-work brother Sammy, and things really get complicated. Sammy moves in with Ray and needs a job; Ray needs inspiration to paint again, and both have to keep from killing each other. Landscape with Fragmented Figures unites academia and working class in a tale of brothers, fathers and sons, art and love. It’s a tale of what it means for all of us to live in America in these times.
Jeff gives an overview of the book:
Jeff Vande Zande lives in Michigan and teaches writing at Delta College. His books include the novel Into the Desperate Country, the collection Emergency Stopping and Other Stories, and the collection Poems New, Used, and Rebuilds. His most recent novel, Landscape with...