On a Darkling Plain

Samuel Jellerson, 56 and forced into early retirement, is walking in the woods behind the family farm in Maine one fall day when he witnesses a priest molesting a boy. From this one event all the action in the novel follows and draws a wide cross section of the town into a theme that explores the nature of evil and its antidote empathy, the force that creates community, and fellow-feeling. More

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Published by The Wessex Collective
Words: 116,780
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476369198
About R.P. Burnham

R.P. Burnham edits The Long Story literary magazine and is a writer. He has published fiction and essays in many literary magazines. He has published five novels with The Wessex Collective—On a Darkling Plain, Envious Shadows, The Many Change and Pass, A Robin Redbreast in a Cage, and The Two Paths. Most of his fiction is set in Maine, where he was born and raised and has deep root; thematically his fiction explores the boundaries of the self and addresses the question of what our duties and responsibilities are to others. The Least Shadow of Public Thought, a book of his essays that introduce each issue of The Long Story, was published in 1996 by Juniper Press as part of its Voyages Series. He was educated at the University of Southern Maine (undergraduate) and The University of Wisconsin–Madison (graduate). He is married to Kathleen A. FitzPatrick, an associate professor of biology at Merrimack College in North Andover.

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