About Centuries of June
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Crown (May 31, 2011)
Keith Donohue has been praised for his vivid imagination and for evoking “the otherworldly with humor and the ordinary with wonder” (Audrey Niffenegger). His first novel, The Stolen Child, was a national bestseller, and his second novel, Angels of Destruction, was hailed as “a magical tale of love and redemption that is as wonderfully written as it is captivating” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Centuries of June is a bold departure, a work of dazzling breadth and technical virtuosity.
Set in the bathroom of an old house just before dawn on a night in June, Centuries of June is a black comedy about a man who is attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head. But he keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects—eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Each woman tells a story drawn from five centuries of American myth and legend in a wild medley of styles and voices.
Centuries of June is a romp through history, a madcap murder mystery, an existential ghost story, and a stunning tour de force at once ingenious, sexy, inspiring, and ultimately deeply moving.
Read an excerpt HERE.
About Keith Donohue
Keith Donohue is the Director of Communications for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the grant-making arm of the National Archives in Washington, DC. Until 1998 he worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and wrote hundreds of speeches for chairmen John Frohnmayer and Jane Alexander. He has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers. Donohue holds a Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America. His dissertation on Irish writer Flann O’Brien was published as The Irish Anatomist: A Study of Flann O’Brien (Maunsel Press, 2003).
Keith Donohue’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, June 20th: The Whimsical Cottage
Thursday, June 23rd: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Tuesday, June 28th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Wednesday, June 29th: Simply Stacie
Tuesday, July 5th: Booksnob
Thursday, July 7th: Unabridged Chick
Monday, July 11th: Books Distilled
Tuesday, July 12th: S. Krishna’s Books
Wednesday, July 13th: Man of La Book
Friday, July 15th: Books Like Breathing
Friday, July 15th: Jen’s Book Thoughts
Monday, July 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, July 19th: Drey’s Library
Wednesday, July 20th: Fyrefly’s Book Blog
Thursday, July 21st: Wordsmithonia
Friday, July 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Friday, July 29th: In the Next Room