The barrowfields is a wonderfully promising debut novel that loses its way by trying to be too ambitious at first i was entranced by philip lewis majestic and evocative prose which reads as if it could have easily been penned in the 1940s. The barrowfields by phillip lewis 349 pp hogarth 26 its useful in fiction when people dont get over things in phillip lewiss debut novel the barrowfields the central figure . The barrowfields is a stunning debut novel rich in character and place steeped in literature and music and fraught with family drama with clear echoes of poe and wolfe the barrowfields also gives a nod to richard russo by reflecting an appreciation for the eccentricities of regional characters. The barrowfields by phillip lewis this book captivated me from the first page to the very last i was enthralled with lewis writing style poetic visionary promising giving me such a plethora of sights and sounds accents and idioms colorful words and sights that my imagination was overloaded to the point of exhaustion
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