- My mom spent some of her summers and childhood in the Cape Cod area and I’m always interested to read and learn more about the culture, the people, the area. I have yet to visit but hopefully some day.
- I needed to listen to an audio-book for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.
- I love the idea of audio-books and figured since this one was a comedy of sorts that it would be a good fit for me.
I discovered a few things in listening to this book: I love audiobooks and being read to; I don’t think I’m the target age/demographic for this book as I couldn’t relate to most of it; it didn’t grab me as much as I was hoping it would have. I can’t help but wonder if I had read it vs. listening if that would have changed my experience? Probably. I very much wanted to be on the East Coast, near the water, when reading this book. The writing and the characters, however, is phenomenal. Enright is a master with words and allows the reader to visualize each character, every detail.
Book Description for New Jerusalem News:
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.
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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