Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter [Review]

Bright's Passage3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release: June 28, 2011
Hardcover: 193 Pages
Publisher: The Dial Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Josh Ritter’s first novel is a wondrous, suspenseful, and uniquely affecting story of the journey taken by a father and his infant son.

Henry Bright is newly returned to West Virginia from the battlefields of the First World War. Grief struck by the death of his young wife and unsure of how to care for the infant son she left behind, Bright is soon confronted by the destruction of the only home he’s ever known. His only hope for safety is the angel who has followed him to Appalachia from the trenches of France and who now promises to protect him and his son.

Together, Bright and his newborn, along with a cantankerous goat and the angel guiding them, make their way through a landscape ravaged by forest fire toward an uncertain salvation, haunted by the abiding nightmare of his experiences in the war and shadowed by his dead wife’s father, the Colonel, and his two brutal sons.

At times harrowing, at times funny, and always possessed by the sheer gorgeousness and unique imagination that have made Josh Ritter’s songs beloved to so many, this is the debut of a virtuoso fiction writer.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Bright’s Passage is the first novel of singer/songwriter Josh Ritter.  I haven’t heard any of Josh’s music before, but the book's premise seemed interesting.  It is pretty short - only 193 pages!  It is such a strange little book.  You are never quite sure if the Angel is real, or all in Bright’s head.  Because of that, I was never quite sure what was going to happen next and how the story is eventually going to end.  At times it was a little hard to follow as the time shifted from the present story to flashbacks of the war and Bright’s childhood.  But nonetheless, I felt it was a solid first effort and I enjoyed the mystery of the Angel.

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