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Spanning two decades, Breath Like the Wind at Dawn tells the epic story of the Tamplin family—of outlaw-twins Quinn and Irving; their brother Edward, who is on the run from a dark past; and their mother Annora, who has been left to defend their haunted Minnesota homestead. Yet at the center of the novel is Les, patriarch of the Tamplins, Civil War veteran, and sheriff of Utica, who is possessed by an indelible lust to strangle his victims. Only when the brothers set about to rob Utica’s bank will the family at last converge in an unforgettable finale when blood will be met with blood. Combining the multi-perspective family drama of As I Lay Dying with the violent lyricism of Blood Meridian, Breath Like the Wind at Dawn brings a brave new voice to American fiction.


“Devin Jacobsen sets out to vanquish America’s myths, armed with all the humorous and rueful resources of its language.”

—Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers and Moving Kings

“Devin Jacobsen has written a unique, complex novel. Breath Like the Wind at Dawn showcases a young writer doing impressive things with narrative and character. A fantastic achievement.”

—Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang and Perfect Little World

“Devin Jacobsen is a writer to watch out for.”

—Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and Swing Time

“Wonderfully interesting and full of original power.”

—James Wood, author of How Fiction Works and The Broken Estate