Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Magical Realism
Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He’s compelled to volunteer at the local Children’s Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week.
Oh, and he’s also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc’s pyre in 1431. He’s just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it’s ever been . . . but how will he find her?
When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way.
I was so intrigued by the description of this book and it’s cover! (you all know I do love a good cover!) I’m so glad I decided to pick this one for review…It definitely didn’t disappoint. I loved the oddball nature of this book and the way the author takes you on the journey of three people on a journey to the bottom. It is testament to the authors ability to interweave the most randomly different people together in a way that makes the reader think it is totally normal!
I thought the story might be confusing but it was not at all the author has paced it just right to avoid confusion yet keep the reader engaged and turning those pages!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really hope you pick it up and give it a try
Reviewed by Nat
Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.
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