- Book Title: A Book of Revelations
- Book Series: standalone
- Author: A.C. Burch
- Publisher: HomePort Press (June 12, 2016)
- Book Length: 241 pages
- Genre: Literary Fiction, Gay Fiction, Compilation
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Rating: 5 Star and Highly Recommended
A.C. Burch first captivated me with his debut novel, The Homeport Journals. His writing is incisive, intelligent, and so beautifully crafted it took me to a time and place where past and present coexisted in an intimate dance of discovery. I never expected once more to be blown away, but A Book of Revelations did just that.
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.
Life is all about risk. Sometimes you embrace it. Other times, fate forces your hand. A. C. Burch’s powerful collection of eight short stories are all about the cliff—the tipping point—the instant we must roll the dice or succumb to the status quo.
Burch’s characters face life with courage and humor in a tenacious search for meaning and fulfillment. Set in Provincetown, Palm Beach, Boston, Maine, Carnegie Hall, and the Caribbean, these memorable stories span not just distance but the range of life’s experiences. From coming of age to confronting old age, conquering fear to rekindling a failed romance, the quirky characters of A BOOK OF REVELATIONS are certain to captivate.
Vividly illustrated by Madeline Sorel, A BOOK OF REVELATIONS chronicles life’s foibles and the resilience of the human spirit from outside the mainstream.