God bless the mid-west
Lovely review of J the R from the Plain Dealer at www.cleveland.com.
John the Revelator' by Peter Murphy is a compelling coming-of-age story
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Peter Murphy's darkly gorgeous debut, "John the Revelator," is an Irish coming-of-age novel. It's also a meditation on why we tell stories. John Devine is the only son of his colorful, chain-smoking, single mother Lily. He's a singular boy, flung into the world on the night of a raging storm. In the opening sentence, he notes, "My mother said the thunder was so loud, she flinched when it struck, strobes of lightning ...