“Every page of Kent Wascom’s debut struck me with its beauty and ugliness. . . . This is not, like most novels, a glimpse of a life. It is a life.” Esquire
The Blood of Heaven
978-0-8021-2119-6 • $16.00 • Paperback • June 2014
“An astonishingly assured debut. . . . [Wascom] is more knowing than a writer his age has any right to be and displays a virtuosic command of biblical cadence and anachronistic vernacular.” San Francisco Chronicle “Wascom writes with a fire-breathing, impassioned eloquence. Angel’s voice compels our trust from the beginning and echoes all the ghosts of the dark Southern past.” Washington Post The Blood of Heaven is the tale of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son who at the dawn of the nineteenth century flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father. He soon falls in with a charismatic highwayman, and then settles with his adopted brothers on the violent frontier of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of lands held by the Spaniards and the French. The novel moves from the bordellos of Natchez, where Angel meets his love Red Kate, to the Mississippi River plantations, where the brutal system of slave labor is creating fantastic wealth along with terrible suffering, and finally to the back rooms of New Orleans among schemers, dreamers, and would-be revolutionaries who, together with the renegade founding father Aaron Burr, are plotting to break away from the young United States.