Brother Daniel’s Good News Revival by Bruce Brittain
In the early summer of 1933, an 18-year-old naive Kentucky farm boy, Michael Boone, becomes a driver for a traveling religious revival troupe. As the summer unfolds and the itinerant group moves from town to town, he learns that things are not what they seem; primarily that the goal of the enterprise is making money, not saving souls and that hardly anyone in the group fits into a neat and normal family narrative. Michael, in turns, is exposed to religious hypocrisy, the world of good literature, the destructiveness of alcohol abuse, pedophilia, overt racism, first true loves, near tragedy and selflessness. He is also skillfully tutored in the art of seduction and sex. The full impact of Michael’s time with Brother Daniel’s Good News Revival is only learned many years after the summer of ’33. It is a revelation that shakes the foundation of the life he had since built.
Remember that one company Christmas party where you drank twelve shots of tequila and three Long Island Iced Teas? And then ended up dancing naked on the conference table, only to pass out face-first in your boss’s wife’s lap? And remember later that year, when your co-workers brought it up in front of the new hires, and you blushed red, even though deep down you were secretly proud? The Alcohol Memoirs are true stories that will enlighten you—about the Gin-&-Tonic-fueled double-life of your swinger neighbors, the math club’s assistant organizer back in high school, those people your parents play bridge with every month, your sister’s lecherous yuppie tennis teacher, and that mysterious guy ahead of you ringing a dozen red roses through the fifteen items or less grocery line. These are wickedly delicious stories told by regular people who lost their inhibitions and found their secret selves. Welcome to The Alcohol Memoirs. Drinks are on us.
Carter Rossi moves to Cape Charles, Virginia, for the same reasons as many of the town’s residents—to find solitude and reboot his life. Carter quickly discovers an eclectic mix of new arrivals and historic families. Despite political and cultural differences, the groups coexist in harmony. Carter meets the mysterious and beautiful Rose Portman, a parapsychologist who is attempting to find out why Cape Charles is a hotbed for paranormal activity. Could it be the asteroid strike? She is on a quest to discover whether one of the town’s resident apparitions is her long-lost great aunt, who died mysteriously around 1920. Rose and Carter’s journey is sometimes hilarious, sensual, and spiritually insightful, bending the edges of imagination and reality.