Barry Hannah describes The Heaven of Mercury as "sort of a calm wail" a precise and fitting phrase. Exploring devastating love, the persistence of memory, and the shadow between the living and the dead, Brad Watson's first novel, set in fictional Mercury, Mississippi, richly captures the changing South over almost a century of the townspeople's lives. I grew up not far from eastern Mississippi, and I can assure you, Watson's tone is spot-on, encompassing much of the weird beauty of the South its solid undercurrent of meaningful coincidence, the easy counterpoint of the poignant and the absurd. His voice has a gentleness that both softens and contrasts with the often horrific domestic lives of Mercury's citizens. The Heaven of Mercury is a gorgeous and wise novel; funny, fable-like, frightening, and charming, Watson's heady prose washes over the reader in ghostly baptism. Jill, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A dark, riotous Southern novel of sex, death, and transformation. Brad Watson's first novel has been eagerly awaited since his award-winning debut collection of short stories, "Last Days of the Dog-Men." Here, he fulfills that literary promise with a humorous and jaundiced eye.