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On the top floor of a small desert hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter — all watched by a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. And above them, a would-be angel sits captive in a holding cell of the afterlife, finishing the work he began on Earth, writing the songs that could free him.

A Million Heavens brings John Brandon's deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism — a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.

Review:

"Brandon well deserves his role of indie literature's rising star. His southern drawl bleeds through into his sparse but lyrical prose, at times reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy; his plots pack a punch....[He] is a master at spinning a yarn. Be prepared to stay up late with this one!" Library Journal

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"A surreal exploration of the origin of inspiration, of what connects humans to each other and to their surroundings....Brandon's gift for conjuring a powerful sense of place has never been stronger as the high-desert sands invade every nook and cranny of the lives of his characters." Booklist

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"Wondrous....More than once I handed A Million Heavens to a friend and watched the rhythms compel him or her into the thickness of a paragraph, then onto the next page....I had to stop reading to actually pace, marveling at what one writer can imagine, what a novel is capable of holding." Charles Bock, The New York Times Book Review

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"John Brandon's novels are choral compositions in the voice of marginal Americans....Mr. Brandon channels many influences while always sounding like himself. At his best, which hes at with some frequency here, he writes in a crackling way about small hopes and larger despair. He gravitates to the kind of regional misfits who drew Flannery O'Connor's eye, and his dialogue is snappy and eccentric, like a combination of two masters of the craft, Elmore Leonard and Charles Portis. [His] strengths — assured prose, well-timed wisecracks and a convincing crew of pilgrims just waiting for directions — are quickly becoming Mr. Brandon's trademarks." The New York Times

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"Brandon deftly orients his readers to the level of his characters by perfectly evoking the everyday emotions, urges, and annoyances that are relatable despite the uncommon situations they are born of." ZYZZYVA

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"A Million Heavens, a book that practically shouts from the rooftops its refusal to put on airs, its desire to strip down the prose and get out of its own way. Brandon's unadorned style and disdain for anything 'fancy' belie what a good (and sometimes fancy) writer he is, as well as how much he loves playing with the reader's expectations, interrupting and upending traditional elements of the novel even as he claims to want to be the deliverer rather than the composer." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"[John Brandon] deftly renders a desert wilderness where human hearts are compelled to seek isolation from the pains of the world, but tend to find connectedness despite themselves." Publishers Weekly

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“A theologically engaged book, salted with hope, as well as blistering insight.” The Plain Dealer

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“Something of a genre-buster: in alternating beats a bittersweet comedy about the law of inertia and a plaintive serial-killer thriller on the laws of the wild.…The crisscrossing roads of A Million Heavens bustle with luminous prose that carries only good news for lovers of original fiction.” The Boston Globe

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“The brilliant thing about A Million Heavens is the way it juggles humanity, wilderness, and a new element for Brandon — the supernatural.” The Portland Mercury

Review:

“Leaves one swift note of humanness ringing in your ears, reminding you that people overcome things, subtly or powerfully, and in the end that it is all right to have questions.” The Oxford American

About the Author

John Brandon was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. His favorite recreational activity is watching college football. This is his third novel.

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Tom Lee, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Tom Lee)
Loved this novel. The connection of music to the ages is a lovely conceit, brought to sweet clarity by a thoroughly modern storyline. God has a preference for the poor and dispossessed--and, if Willa Cather is to be believed, New Mexico--and so, it seems, does John Brandon. So pleasing to yearn for his characters.
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ISBN:
9781938073342
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Brandon, John
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
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Literary
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Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130731
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
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8.5 x 6 in

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Product details 272 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781938073342 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brandon well deserves his role of indie literature's rising star. His southern drawl bleeds through into his sparse but lyrical prose, at times reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy; his plots pack a punch....[He] is a master at spinning a yarn. Be prepared to stay up late with this one!"
"Review" by , "A surreal exploration of the origin of inspiration, of what connects humans to each other and to their surroundings....Brandon's gift for conjuring a powerful sense of place has never been stronger as the high-desert sands invade every nook and cranny of the lives of his characters."
"Review" by , "Wondrous....More than once I handed A Million Heavens to a friend and watched the rhythms compel him or her into the thickness of a paragraph, then onto the next page....I had to stop reading to actually pace, marveling at what one writer can imagine, what a novel is capable of holding."
"Review" by , "John Brandon's novels are choral compositions in the voice of marginal Americans....Mr. Brandon channels many influences while always sounding like himself. At his best, which hes at with some frequency here, he writes in a crackling way about small hopes and larger despair. He gravitates to the kind of regional misfits who drew Flannery O'Connor's eye, and his dialogue is snappy and eccentric, like a combination of two masters of the craft, Elmore Leonard and Charles Portis. [His] strengths — assured prose, well-timed wisecracks and a convincing crew of pilgrims just waiting for directions — are quickly becoming Mr. Brandon's trademarks."
"Review" by , "Brandon deftly orients his readers to the level of his characters by perfectly evoking the everyday emotions, urges, and annoyances that are relatable despite the uncommon situations they are born of."
"Review" by , "A Million Heavens, a book that practically shouts from the rooftops its refusal to put on airs, its desire to strip down the prose and get out of its own way. Brandon's unadorned style and disdain for anything 'fancy' belie what a good (and sometimes fancy) writer he is, as well as how much he loves playing with the reader's expectations, interrupting and upending traditional elements of the novel even as he claims to want to be the deliverer rather than the composer."
"Review" by , "[John Brandon] deftly renders a desert wilderness where human hearts are compelled to seek isolation from the pains of the world, but tend to find connectedness despite themselves."
"Review" by , “A theologically engaged book, salted with hope, as well as blistering insight.”
"Review" by , “Something of a genre-buster: in alternating beats a bittersweet comedy about the law of inertia and a plaintive serial-killer thriller on the laws of the wild.…The crisscrossing roads of A Million Heavens bustle with luminous prose that carries only good news for lovers of original fiction.”
"Review" by , “The brilliant thing about A Million Heavens is the way it juggles humanity, wilderness, and a new element for Brandon — the supernatural.”
"Review" by , “Leaves one swift note of humanness ringing in your ears, reminding you that people overcome things, subtly or powerfully, and in the end that it is all right to have questions.”
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