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Bright’s Passage

by Josh Ritter

Knox Says

This is a lyrical and somehow spare story about a veteran of World War 1 who grieves the death of his young wife and the uncertain future facing him and his infant son as he journeys out of calamity. But in his travels he’s accompanied by an Angel for reasons that aren’t always clear.


Henry Bright has newly returned to West Virginia from the battlefields of the First World War. Griefstruck by the death of his young wife and unsure of how to care for the infant son she left behind, Bright is soon confronted by the destruction of the only home he’s ever known. His hopes for safety rest with the angel who has followed him to Appalachia from the trenches of France and who now promises to protect him and his son. Haunted by the abiding nightmare of his experiences in the war and shadowed by his dead wife’s father, the Colonel, and his two brutal sons, Bright—along with his newborn—makes his way through a ravaged landscape toward an uncertain salvation.