Curiosity. It was curiosity that led me to read the debut novel, Bright’s Passage, by songwriter Josh Ritter. Would this be an example of someone trying to extend a personal brand to make more money with a weak effort, or could Ritter’s skill be more than musical? I concluded that Ritter can write a good novel, and he did so in this first attempt. Protagonist Henry Bright returns to West Virginia after World War I to a life that is as out of control as his war experience. Ritter’s descriptive language and poignant character development allow this novel to be a reflection on the ravages of war and the search for peace. Readers who are curious and willing to give a debut novel a chance are likely to find good entertainment from this book.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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