Fourth of July Creek


Fourth of July Creek


  • “This book left me awestruck”

    Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Son

In this shattering and iconic
American novel, PEN prize-winning writer Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation’s disquieting and violent contradictions.

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy’s profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times…read more

Smith Henderson author

Smith Henderson is the author of the debut novel Fourth of July Creek (Ecco), a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. It was the 2014 Montana Book Award winner, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel and finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. The novel also made the Folio Prize longlist and appeared on the Best Books of 2014 lists for The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Kansas City Star, and Book Riot and Powell’s Book Store. Henderson was awarded a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction, a 2011 Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a 2011 Pushcart Prize, and a Michener Center for Writers fellowship in Austin, Texas. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Los Angeles.