In the book business it’s not unusual to be reading pretty far ahead of the publication schedule. But the fact is I’m a little behind getting to this one. I decided I better get it under my belt when my fellow reps started raving. Then Betsy Burton, owner of the esteemed King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City sent along the rave below, and I started reading.
“A boy, out for a morning hunt with his father, is mystified by the odd behavior of birds, the inexplicable bleeding of bullocks. So begins a novel as incandescent and powerful as the nuclear meltdown it chronicles. The cast of characters, connected by blood, by love, and by fate, lay bare not just the truth behind the disintegration of a nuclear power plant but behind the society for which it serves as metaphor. We watch people do what they’re told–or what will advance their ambition–while willfully ignoring the truth no matter the consequences. But even as anger at the foolishness and arrogance of the post-Soviet system blazes across the pages, so does evidence of the love that laces these characters to one another. At this remarkable novel’s heart lies the question that is also at the heart of our existence: is man’s insanely destructive nature the driver of our fate or does love give humankind some chance? McKeon talent is meteoric, his debut novel unforgettable.”
–Betsy Burton, The King’s English Bookshop
It’s the perfect book for yet another snowy day when I need to be transported elsewhere–gorgeously envisioned book about the lives of average Russians during a catastrophe. Compassionate and expansive, I’m finding it hard to step away, hard to get the characters and their fates out of my head. It’s just terrific.
All That is Solid Melts into Air (9780062246875) by Darragh McKeon. $14.99 trade paper original. 4/9/14 on sale.