(Neal Charnoff) A new novel by Vermont author Ben Jones is a tale of arctic exploration and discovery during the American Civil War. “The Rope Eater” is narrated by Brendan Kane, an army private who has been overwhelmed by the carnage of war.
To escape imprisonment as a deserter, Kane signs on for a mysterious arctic voyage. Kane and his fellow crew members soon learn that their destination is a mythic paradise in the heart of the Arctic. The journey is dangerous and bleak, as it becomes an adventure of inner and outer discovery.
Bennington novelist Ben Jones is the author of “The Rope Eater,” published by Doubleday. Jones will be reading from the novel at Northshire Books in Manchester, Saturday at 7:00 p.m.