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Centuries of June

A Novel

by Keith Donohue

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Centuries of June by Keith Donohue
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  • Published May 2011
    352 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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.

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"[A] puzzling and greatly satisfying trip." - Publishers Weekly

"Donohue's polished prose holds the story together and offers a more than satisfying ending." - Booklist

"Donohue's tour de force blends aspects of time travel and reincarnation genres into a witty whole... a pleasure to read." - Library Journal

"A tour de force in its mastery of styles, the book also has moments of high silliness - though toward the end Donohue weaves the threads of plot together in a surprising and affecting way." - Kirkus Reviews

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Keith Donohue Author Biography

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Keith Donohue's novels include the national bestseller The Stolen Child, Centuries of June, and Angels of Destruction. He also has written reviews for the Washington Post. Donohue has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to the Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien. He lives in Maryland near Washington, DC.

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Keith Donohue: don-a-hew

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