Forty Acres Deep

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Michael Perry’s Forty Acres Deep book is set in a world of stark wintry beauty. It is the brief, unrelenting tale of a farmer’s attempt to save the remains of his land. He struggles to make sense of a world he no longer recognizes while ruthlessly calling himself to account.

When farmer Harold wakes to find his wife dead beside him in bed and snow threatening to crush the last life from his dwindling farm, he takes drastic steps toward a fresh start.

Seamed with grim humor and earthy revelations, it is an unforgiving story. Yet, at the same time, Forty Acres Deep leaves open the idea that we might surrender to hope.

Please note: this book contains references to suicide and the death of a child, as well as blunt and accurate profanity.

Interview with the Author Michael Perry:

Perry hatched the idea for the novella while fighting to save his two steel sheds from collapsing when buried in a record-breaking snowfall.

“I’m a soft-handed writer with a couple pole barns mostly full of junk.” says Perry, “As I sweated and cursed and kneed through the drifts, I kept thinking, what if I was really farming? Fighting to save my livelihood? Barns went down all over the state that winter. It was no joke.”

“In part I’m attempting to honor the old farming traditions.” says Perry, “But the main character fights his own misguided sentimentality. The bullheadedness that keeps us hanging on when we should let go. As a farmer and a citizen, he’s facing suppressed rage and powerlessness in the face of change.

As a husband, he’s facing all the ways you can fall short in a marriage even as you meet the standard definition. As a parent, he’s confronting–or avoiding–the worst grief imaginable. And as a human he comes face-to-face with those for whom the world offers no easy space.”

“I’m nervous about this one,” says author Michael Perry. “Not sure how folks will take it or if I should have even written it.”

“Despite the storyline, there’s some humor in there,” says Perry. “I’ve been reading bits aloud at my shows and folks do laugh. Grim chuckles, not knee-slappers. But yah, mostly this one’s not a lotta zippity-doo-dah.”

Due to serious themes, Perry shared the manuscript with farmers and members of the agricultural mental health movement before committing to publish it.

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