John. Holman LUMINOUS MYSTERIES.

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An episodic novel set somewhere in the New South, Luminous Mysteries traces the lives of Grim Power and his sister, Rita, from their youth to early middle age. In powerful prose that has been compared to that of his writing mentor, Raymond Carver, Holman tellingly paints a portrait of the lives of middle-class African Americans today. Grim, who worked as a race-car driver and a show-business cowboy before returning home to run a car restoration business, and Rita, a math teacher, are enriched by their friends, their family, and the small beautiful moments of everyday life. In penetrating language Holman exposes the uniqueness of each person's soul that always lies just beneath a quotidian surface.

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John Holman's first book was a collection of short stories; his second is a novel that is almost a collection of short stories. In Luminous Mysteries, Holman tells the story of Grim Power and his older sister, Rita, in 13 chapters that could each stand alone but are woven together by recurring characters and themes. Orphaned at an early age by their mother's death and their father's desertion, Grim and Rita manage to raise themselves in their small, close-knit African American community. Rita, 15 years older than Grim, does her best to fill the role of surrogate mother, but her bouts of manic depression provide frightening interruptions to their lives. Despite her illness, Rita manages to support herself and her brother teaching math while Grim eventually goes to college. Then Grim drops out, Rita gets married and disappears, only to return a few years later with a husband and three adopted children in tow. Grim, meanwhile, has only recently come back to town himself, after spending time on the road as an itinerant race-car driver among other things. Holman tells the story of the Power family and their friends from many different perspectives: there is Mayes, Rita's husband, and Belly Man, an associate of Grim's, in addition to Grim and Rita themselves. Holman writes in spare, elegant prose that makes Luminous Mysteries a pleasure to read for anyone as interested in craft as in content.

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Holman is the author of Luminous Mysteries and Squabble and Other Stories. His work has appeared in Mississippi Review, Fiction, The New Yorker, The Oxford American and other publications. He is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and currently teaches writing and literature and directs the creative writing program at Georgia State University.

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