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A million heavens /

by Brandon, John (John Owen).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: McSweeney's rectangulars: Publisher: San Francisco [Calif.] : [McSweeney's Books], c2012Description: 272 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781936365739 :; 1936365731.Title notes: $24.00 10-2012 (db)Subject(s): Pianists -- Fiction | Coma -- Patients -- Fiction | Paranormal fictionSummary: A comatose piano prodigy is attended by his gruff father, a motley vigil of devotees, a disconsolate wolf, and a would-be angel who determinedly writes songs that could free him.
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On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter--strangers in search of answers, a brush with the mystical, or just an escape. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. Just beyond this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, protecting and threatening, learning too much. And above them all, a would-be angel sits captive in a holding cell of the afterlife, finishing the work he began on earth, writing the songs that could free him. This unlikely assortment--a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all the unseen desert lives--unites to weave a persistently hopeful story of improbable communion.<br> <br> Upon the release of John Brandon's last novel, Citrus County , the New York Times declared that he "joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury." Now, with A Million Heavens , Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism--a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.

$24.00 10-2012 (db)

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A comatose piano prodigy is attended by his gruff father, a motley vigil of devotees, a disconsolate wolf, and a would-be angel who determinedly writes songs that could free him.

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Library Journal Review

Brandon (Citrus Country, Alabama) well deserves his role of indie literature's rising star. His southern drawl bleeds through into his sparse but lyrical prose, at times reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy; his plots pack a punch. His new novel is a bit of a departure from his crime fiction tendencies and forays quite literally into the great unknown. It is told in rounds by a wide cast of characters, from a wolf to the mayor of Lofte, the small town in New Mexico where the book is set. The dying town attracts numerous visitors when a local boy falls into a coma and a young musician with a cult following dies in a car accident. These two, as well as the other characters, find themselves inextricably connected. VERDICT Brandon is a master at spinning a yarn. Be prepared to stay up late with this one!-Kate Gray, New York (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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