Friday, August 19, 2011

Bright's Passage

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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