Harvest invites comparison to stories like Shirley Jackson’s “granny” and even the work of Stephen King, if without some of their narrative pyrotechnics. Though its climax isn’t quite equal to the sense of foreboding Crace patiently builds throughout the novel, it’s fully consistent with the story’s elegiac tone. As he did in his National Book Critics Circle award-winning novel Being Dead, Crace demonstrates his consummate skill at creating and sustaining a mood that moves relentlessly from unease to outright dread.
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