A Book of Revelations Paperback – 13 Jun 2016
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About the Author
A.C. Burch's debut novel was The HomePort Journals, set in his hometown of Provincetown, MA. He writes about characters that face life's challenges with resourcefulness, wit, and courage. A.C. splits his time between South Beach, FL. and Provincetown
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This is an eclectic collection of stories emanating from the periphery of society, from characters who have been marginalized, sometimes by choice, too often by circumstance, but who manage to find their voices within the oddest of constructs—accidents of fate, of consanguinity, of shared passion and understanding.
There are mysteries to solve, heroic acts to perform under the radar, tales to tell—tall or otherwise—and always, at the core, we discover how our humanity creates touchstones and opportunities to be more than we ever thought possible.
No doubt each tale will resonate differently for each reader, but for me there were three that stood out, touching me in ways I have difficulty expressing…
“Curtain Call” sliced away the artifice created for players on a stage mimicking life, the narrative so incisive you never question, yet at the end you always knew. Wearing that skin, that persona was a revelation.
“Götterdämmerung” is a homage to a beauty one can only understand at a visceral level, when magic and the muses, talent and desire, coalesce in transient perfection so powerful it stuns all to silence. It bears witness to respect at many levels: for the music, for the vision of the composer, for the instruments and their humble servants who lift the notes and elevate them to art. And passion, passion so intense, so intimate and perfect and fleeting… I wept.
“Last Chance” was nominally a mystery, yet it unfolded as a character study and a challenge, with no safety net and few guideposts to point the way forward. The author dazzles the reader with subterfuge, then strips away the mask, revealing harsh choices that touch on every level of who and what that character is.
A Book of Revelations delivers on its promise. It will surprise, sadden, delight, shock, and most likely bring you to tears more than once. It is a tour de force of masterful storytelling, exquisite wordsmithing and penetrating insights into those forced to live out their lives on the periphery of acceptance, never quite measuring up. It also offers hope and those gentle lessons that remind us we are all more than we seem, to others, but mostly to ourselves.
I give A Book of Revelations my highest regard and recommendation. An enthusiastic FIVE STARS. I already have the print copy on order for my permanent collection.
This book was given to GGR-Reviews for a fair and honest review.
All of the stories have an element of slightly dark humor to them. Aside from a certain sense of humor, the tales vary widely, although you'll sense some common themes, and while some have happy endings, others do not. Some of the main characters aren't very likable, although all of them come across as people you might recognize.
By the time you get to the longest story, Last Chance, you'll probably have a good idea within the first few pages what the main plot twist will be, but chances are you won't be too sure about which way things will go from there.
My favorite was Last Chance. Even though I knew something odd and unexpected would happen, I was taken by complete surprise. The ending brought tears to my eyes, but I won’t say whether the tears were for sorrow or joy, as I’d hate to spoil the outcome for the many readers who are yet to come.
A.C. Burch is a quintessential observer, but without the distance that might leave the writing cold. Instead, Burch takes on voices - that of old women, young men, sex-crazed and sex-craven. We are touched by these players at the margins, artfully rendered by chapter illustrations that suit in their whimsy and wry lines. This unforgettable cast invites us to meet them “my life on my terms” (203). Think of it as less a threat than one of the several dinner invitations extended throughout the book. Black-tie, or black gown - or both! - 8pm; be there or be square!
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