Benjamin Hale's Great American Novel
Okay, full disclosure. I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks with Ben's father, Pete, and I remember Ben from the time he was only a few weeks old, so I can't be entirely unbiased in my praise for this great American, novel, but it is a great American novel and will one day be recognized as such.
Not that everyone should read it. Bruno chooses to bite the big apple through daring to eat a peach: Milton's apple, Eliot's peach. Through that fall from the forest, Bruno entered the fallen realm of the human, where he walked among us and lived like us . . . in every way.
That will prove terribly disturbing to some readers, so if you need a trigger warning, consider this it: Not Recommended For Women and Children.
There . . . if that line don't fetch them, I don't know Arkansaw!
Labels: Literary Criticism