Book review: New Jerusalem News by John Enright


Book Details:

Book Title:  New Jerusalem News by John Enright
Category:  Adult fiction, 265 pages
Genre:  Literary / Humour
Publisher:  Yucca / Skyhorse
Release date:  August 2015
Available for review in:  Print, gifted Kindle, audiobook (Audible)
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Nov 2 to 20, 2015
Content Rating:  R (There are two explicit, matter-of-fact sex scenes, but no violence or bad language.)

Book Description: 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.
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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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The quirky plot of this novel captured my interest from the start.  The characters were well-developed and the setting was easy to imagine.  The writing was descriptive and the dialogue tongue-in-cheek. However, I couldn’t get past the language and sexual scenes so decided not to finish the book.

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