Blue Ball, a small community in rural Pennsylvania, is thrown into turmoil, thanks to the rampage of a teenage Amish werewolf, in an imaginative tale narrated by a young man who inexplicably wakes up naked in the field each morning. By the author of Lord of the Barnyard. Simultaneous. 25,000 first printing.
Tristan Egolf's new novel is a book about the return of an old curse ? the Kornwolf, a ferocious werewolf whose nocturnal rampaging becomes increasingly impossible to ignore. Kornwolf takes the reader for a good old-fashioned romp in the stubble ? a journey through the slums and honky tundra of rural Pennsylvania, where nothing quite passes for good or bad, sublime or dismal, discrete or brash. And then the monotony breaks. Something ? a freak of creation ? is running amok in the fields. To solve the mystery, three generations of prodigal sons ? a writer and hometown boy who swore he'd never come back to Penn's Woods; a middle-aged former pugilist who runs a decrepit boxing gym; and a misfit, mute, beaten-down Amish boy ? are brought together by the light of a blue moon, in a town called Blue Ball. On one level this is a masterfully orchestrated, hilarious, and compelling take on the classic horror yarn, on another, Kornwolf is a social satire of suburban sprawl, closed minds, and all manners and varieties of self-satisfaction ? Amish, civilian, or... other ? in the best tradition of Tom Robbins and George Saunders.