Here's a review posted on Amazon.com
'Landscape with Fragmented Figures,' Jeff Vande Zande's second novel, is a gripping meditation on academia and blue-collar culture. Vande Zande possesses a keen eye for the human condition; the world he crafts is at once sad and beautiful, difficult and rewarding, filled with desperation and fleeting glimpses of hope. His characters are people you'll probably recognize from your own life. As the novel begins, Ray, the protagonist, is dumped by his long-time girlfriend Diane and receives a call from his brother telling him his estranged father has died. These events, along with Ray's loss of artistic inspiration and languishing self-regard, set the rest of the narrative in motion. Soon, Ray's conflicts become deeper, more entwined with the lives of others, haunted by visions of the past and uncertainties of the future. His story is the human story, art with a capital A, as Ray would say. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.
Mark Schoenknecht (East Lansing, MI)
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