"A passionate dream of a book. Dazzling, but lucid-as though Flannery O'Connor had gone back to the Ireland of her forebears to write a novel."-Peter Behrens, author of The Law of Dreams
A small Irish town. A river flood. The return of a prodigal son. On the banks of the river Rua, when the rains have stopped and the waters receded, nine bodies are found. What took them to the river?
Enoch O'Reilly, a self-made preacher and Elvis impersonator claiming to be just returned to Ireland from America, launches a radio show Revival Hour. It enjoys a short but spectacular run, and its disastrous end forces Enoch back to the family home. There he finds clues to a mythic connection between the dead-this brotherhood of the flood-the natural rhythms of the earth, a secret language called Riverish, and his lost father.
Conjuring together various traditions-gothic, Irish, Southern, music, poetry, our deep connections to stories, to our homelands, and to nature-Peter Murphy establishes himself as one of Ireland's newest literary wonders.
"A wild and inventive butt-kicker, but also strangely tender, and the language is charged, vivid, luminous."-Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane
"Murphy can write like an angel . . . His gaze is mischievous, and he delights in words . . . He has a showman's zest for the flamboyant, the baroque, the subverted cliché and lyrical phrase . . . and a gift that is much rarer in writers than it should be: a sense of rhythm."- Irish Times
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
September 10, 2013
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