We are so pleased to present New Jerusalem News as our spotlight book today. As part of the virtual book tour now underway with iRead Book Tours you will find this spotlight and a wonderful article here, contributed by author, John Enright.
His tour runs from November 2nd through November 20th. We hope you will check out his schedule here on iRead Book Tours, so you can learn more about the book and the author. You’ll find a variety, past and future. Also, do watch for our review of the audio version of the book on November 10th, here on Mystery Suspense Reviews. It was a pleasure to listen to the book. Whether you listen or read the novel, it is one you will enjoy.
Official 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.
About 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.