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By John Brandon

At the best ground of a small health center, an not going piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to through his gruff, helpless father. outdoor the medical institution, a motley vigil assembles underneath a reluctant New Mexico winter—strangers looking for solutions, a broom with the magical, or simply an break out. to a few the boy is a novelty, to others a faith. simply past this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, conserving and perilous, studying an excessive amount of. And above all of them, a would-be angel sits captive in a maintaining mobile of the afterlife, completing the paintings he started on the earth, writing the songs which can unfastened him. This not going assortment—a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, the entire unseen barren region lives—unites to weave a repeatedly hopeful tale of unbelievable communion.

Upon the discharge of John Brandon's final novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he "joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, pleasure Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury." Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a brand new realm of gritty surrealism—a miraculous and interesting flip from the most effective younger novelists of our time.

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As the process gains momentum-with some justices on the Supreme Court such as Antonin Scalia steeped in this ideologyAmerica starts to speak a new language. There is a slow and inexorable hijacking of religious and political tenninology. Terms such as "liberty" and "freedom" no longer mean what they meant in the past. Those in the movement speak of "liberty," but they do not speak about the traditional concepts of American liberty-the liberty to express divergent opinions, to respect other ways of believing and being, the liberty of individuals to seek and pursue their own goals and fonns of happiness.

And they are terrified of losing this new, mystical world of signs, wonders and moral certitude. of returning to the old world of despair. They see criticism of their belief system, whether from scientists or judges, as vicious attempts by Satan to lure them back into the morass. The split in America, rather than simply economic, is between those who embrace reason, who function in the real world of cause and effect. and those who, numbed by isolation and despair, now seek meaning in a mythical world of intuition, a world that is no longer reality-based, a world of magic.

They eschew personal choice and freedom. They have replaced the world that has failed them with a new. glorious world filled with prophets and mystical signs. They believe in a creator who performs miracles for them, speaks directly to them and guides their lives, as well as the destiny of America. They are utopians who have found rigid. clearly defined moral edicts, rights and wrongs. 36 AMERICAN FASCISTS to guide them in life and in politics. And they are terrified of losing this new, mystical world of signs, wonders and moral certitude.

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