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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

As our May selection, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is the thrilling sophomore novel from Nobel Prize winner, Olga Tokarczuk. Set in rural Poland, the novel follows Miss Duszejko as she seeks to unravel the mysteries behind her neighbors’ deaths. Part murder mystery, part thriller, part horror story, Drive Your Plow is a terrific exploration into the balance between sanity and madness, justice and injustice.

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • Riverhead Books, 202o