Novelist Keith Donohue will read from his new book, Centuries of June, at Barnes & Noble, Bethesda, on (appropriately!) Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm.
I'm really excited about this book. It sounds both completely absorbing and innovative in its structure--and I say that almost hesitantly because I don't want to put people off (eww, innovative structure!)... But I like it when novelists play around with structure without sacrificing compelling characters and real human stories. This is not experimenting just for the sake of it. The descriptions I've read make me think of something David Mitchell might try. (And I love David Mitchell's work.) In fact, Library Journal mentions Mitchell in their *stellar* review, which describes Donohue's book as a "tour-de-force."
Centuries of June is a black comedy in which a man attempts to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor of his bathroom with a hole in his head. But he's repeatedly 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 range of styles and voices.
Buffalo News says Centuries of June is "sly, surprising and entertaining...offers a reader both post- and premodern treats." It echoes "everything from the Marx Brothers to Dickens," and more.