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Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Centuries of June by Keith Donohue

Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0061963089
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
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Summary from publisher:
Keith Donohue has been praised for his vivid imagination and for evoking “the otherworldly with humor and the ordinary with wonder” (Audrey Niffenegger). His first novel, The Stolen Child, was a national bestseller, and his second novel, Angels of Destruction, was hailed as “a magical tale of love and redemption that is as wonderfully written as it is captivating” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Centuries of June is a bold departure, a work of dazzling breadth and technical virtuosity.
Set in the bathroom of an old house just before dawn on a night in June, Centuries of June is a black comedy about a man who is attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head. But he keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects—eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Each woman tells a story drawn from five centuries of American myth and legend in a wild medley of styles and voices.

Centuries of June
is a romp through history, a madcap murder mystery, an existential ghost story, and a stunning tour de force at once ingenious, sexy, inspiring, and ultimately deeply moving.
My Review:

I have never met a book that thoroughly both confuzzled and entertained me as much as Centuries of June. It was a mixture of humor,fantasy and historical fiction and it was all so well done.
I love that this one takes place almost exclusively in a bathroom. I have never come across a book that took place in one room let alone a bathroom. It’s unique in a good way. I must say, and this is going to sound very strange, but this book feels like post-concussion syndrome. If you’ve ever had it, you know. It’s very woozy and dream-like. But, yet again, in a good way. The mystery was also completely and totally engrossing.
My favorite part of this book was how history was woven into it. The women in Jack’s bed walk into the bathroom and tell their stories that deal with various American myths and history. Each woman’s story is wholly unique and each story had an effect on Jack. I have never read a book where history was presented like this. It was amazing and it was unique and I don’t think I will ever read anything like this again. If you ever pick up this book, the ending is amazing. I won’t spoil but it is.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

1 comment:

  1. "confuzzled and entertained" - wow, now THAT is unusual! Sounds like a great book, albeit a bit out of the ordinary (in a good way).

    Thanks for being on the tour.



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