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Phoenix Books to host David Patterson

News Release — Phoenix Books
April 3, 2019

Kristen Eaton
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Essex, Vermont – April 3, 2019: On Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm, Phoenix Books Essex will welcome David Patterson to celebrate the launch of his new novel, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect. The event will also feature live music by Andrew James.

We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in Soon the Light Will Be Perfect, a taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont. A 12-year-old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont. His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen-year-old brother is about to enter high school. His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father’s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe. But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes. As his family clings to the traditions of their hard-lined Catholicism, the narrator begins to see how ideology and human nature are often at odds. He meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast. Taylor represents everything his life as an altar boy isn’t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother’s health deteriorates.

Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point. In spare, fiercely

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