The Dial Press
On Sale: June 28, 2011
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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.
1 comment posted.
Re: Bright's Passage
This sounds like an entrancing story set in an era seldom written about these days. I'll certainly be looking for it.
I wish you all good fortune and success with this book.
(Sigrun Schulz 9:28pm August 15, 2011)
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