Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter
We were lucky enough to learn about this first novel by singer/songrwriter Josh Ritter from the author himself when he stopped by to visit the staff during SXSW. Many of us here have already read this book and fallen in love with it. In fact, we’ve loved it so much we made it our Top Shelf pick for our July Independent newsletter. BookPerson Chris Hoyt described the novel this way: “It has the feel of an old southern fable, a story told around a campfire in the night.” We highly recommend this beautiful new book; Ritter is a very talented storyteller, though of course fans of his music will tell you that’s no surprise.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
“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.”
(Descriptions provided by the books’ publishers.)
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