From Publishers WeeklyFace down on the bathroom floor after "a conk on the skull," Jack, the narrator of Donohue's unconventional latest (after Angels of Destruction), embarks on an epic and darkly funny journey through time and space without traveling much beyond his own bathroom. Visited by seven ghostly women, and eventually his wife, Jack stands in for disappointing men throughout history as each of the phantom visitors tells him her life story. From Dolly, the Tlingit woman who marries a shape-shifting bear, to Alice, who winds up on the wrong end of the Salem witch trials, and Bunny, a New York City housewife whose search for love goes very wrong, the women each accuse Jack, tell their story, and then fade into a chorus with the others. When Jack finally hears out his own wife, the reason for the night's events—including stopped clocks, talking cats, and what could be the ghost of Samuel Beckett—becomes clear. Donohue's faultless eye for character and keen sense of humor keeps what could easily become a muddled mess pristine, with members of his quorum shining individually but also acting as cogs in the larger story's machinery. There are moments when the reader is left to wonder how things can possibly come together, but it's worthwhile to trust Donohue's narrators as they lead this puzzling and greatly satisfying trip. (May)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Centuries of June is a book that is certainly hard to put down. Also, it is somewhat hard to explain properly. There are so many intriguing things going on that I can only suggest that you would have to read it for yourself to fully grasp the amazingness. The story is intricately woven and developed that it leaves you feeling completely satisfied! I loved it very much! I didn't imagine that this would be my cup of tea, but I completely devoured it! It's has elements of a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery all rolled into one! So there is pretty much something for everyone!
***i received a copy in exchange for an honest review***