Michael Peck is in a particularly interesting place to monitor literary nostalgia. His debut novel, The Last Orchard in America, is both a classic detective novel (gumshoe in over his head, femme fatale, buried family secrets) and an expert critique of the form that manages to be satisfying at both. (We published an excerpt last month.) Peck also works as a rare book dealer, which provides an entirely different perspective on things. I reached out to him via email to […]
Michael Peck’s novel The Last Orchard in America is at once a compelling detective story and a meditation on just what makes a compelling detective story. Surreal, unpredictable, and precisely assembled, this is a head-spinning read. We’re pleased to have an excerpt from it for you today; to get up to speed, you can hear Peck read the opening of the book, and there’s another excerpt that can be read here.