The summer season on Cape Cod is over—now it’s time for the real fun to begin.
Dominick is always just passing through. He is a professional houseguest who follows the sun and the leisure class from resort to resort. But this winter he lingers on a quaint New England island and in spite of his best intentions becomes involved in the travails of his eccentric geriatric hosts. An environmental protest against a proposed liquid natural gas terminal turns ugly, and by accident and happenstance Dominick becomes a mistaken suspect in terroristic bombings. But the book, of course, is really about its characters. None of them are young—white-bearded men and blue-coiffed women busy with aging, dementia, and ungrateful children. Dominick strives to float above it all in a life of itinerant escape. A New England comedy of sorts, New Jerusalem News, on another level, is an extended meditation on history, identity, and what it means to drift.
Title: New Jerusalem News
Author: John Enright
Genre: Fiction | Adult Fiction | Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Yucca Publishing
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Author and iRead Book Tours
New Jerusalem News–catchy title, catchy cover. Both intrigued me. I’m so glad they did. Why? Because I met the quirkiest group of people living between the pages of this book and in a town called New Jerusalem on Cape Cod.
However, you might know I’d land in the middle of this at the end of summer season. Let it never be said the winters in New Jerusalem aren’t fun and filled with mischief of various sorts. Take a group of retired folks, who are already quirky, and place them in close proximity to one another and life is anything but dull. Ah, sweet New Jerusalem!
Enright has drawn characters who come alive and you begin to feel they live next door. I especially enjoyed Dominique and when engaged in conversation and meals with Starks, I enjoyed them as a pair of history loving bibliophiles.
A spark of perceived terrorism comes to New Jerusalem in the form of a group of people attempting to save their local waters from the efforts of big business and the government, but to tell you more would spoil it for you. And you are going to read it, aren’t you?
On a scale of 1-5 stars, New Jerusalem gets 4 stars. I don’t ordinarily share my star ratings here; I leave those for other venues, but this one I want to make sure you’re at least interested in.
The loss of one star was based on the author’s own rating of this book as an “R” rating for two explicit sex scenes, both rather matter-of-fact. However, there is no violence or bad language.
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Meet the Author:
Originally from Buffalo, New York, John Enright holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in magazine journalism and book publishing, he left the U.S. to teach at the American Samoa Community College. He remained in the South Pacific for 26 years, directing environmental, cultural, and historical preservation programs and writing extensively about the islands. His acclaimed detective series, Jungle Beat (Thomas & Mercer), featuring Det. Sgt. Apelu Soifua, is set in Samoa. His collection of poems about Samoa, 14 Degrees South, won the University of the South Pacific Press’s inaugural Literature Prize for Poetry in 2011. He now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island, with his wife, ceramicist Connie Payne.
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