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Book review: 'Bright's Passage'
Book review: 'Bright's Passage'

Henry Bright endures. His mother raised him in a tiny cabin in West Virginia, eking out a marginal survival; when she died, he was left to bury her. He must do the same for his wife, who dies in childbirth, even as he's mourning her and trying to care for their newborn son. These are just a few of the hardships the 20-year-old Bright has faced: He's not long back from the Great War, as he would call World War I, where he was a foot soldier engaged in lethal trench warfare. It's no wonder his world has cracked open to make room for an angel. Whether this is a case of magical realism or mental breakdown isn't important; the angel's presence is real to Bright. The...

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