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- Full Title: Harvest
- When Written: 2013
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 2013
- Literary Period: contemporary
- Genre: historical fiction
- Setting: a remote English hamlet in the 17th or 18th century
- Climax: From a window in the manor house attic, Walter watches Mistress Beldam and her husband destroy the pillory and set fire to the village cottages, before then finding Mr. Quill’s dead body stuffed in a trunk.
- Antagonist: Edmund Jordan
- Point of View: first person limited
Extra Credit for Harvest
History Buff. Many of Crace’s novels take place during historical moments of unprecedented change. His novel The Gift of Stones explores the transition between the Neolithic Age and the Bronze Age, while Quarantine takes place during Jesus Christ’s forty days in the desert.
Family Man. While Crace loves writing, he doesn’t romanticize his craft, saying he’s most motivated by “good, old-fashioned work guilt” and that writing is “less important to me than family or politics.”