John the Revelator

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Fiction - 254 pages
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This is the story of John Devine — stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of Southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "neighborly" Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John’s life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily’s mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John’s nose for trouble may be their undoing and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal — A Separate Peace, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha HaJohn the Revelator grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love. Suffused with family secrets, eerie imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator is a novel to fall in love with and an astounding debut.


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User Review  - Soho_black - Goodreads

Up until now, I'd only ever heard of ''John the Revelator'' as a song. Judging from the several mentions of the song in the story and given that author Peter Murphy works in the music press, I suspect ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob H - Goodreads

I came to this novel expecting another Irish-gritty coming-of-age story, semi-autobiographical, perhaps. What I found instead was a surreal, mystic narrative in a stark Irish countryside that is more ... Read full review

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PETER MURPHY is a writer and music journalist based in Dublin. He is a contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine, and has written articles for Rolling Stone and other publications. He lives in the southeast of Ireland, in County Wexford, where he grew up.

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