White Apples

White Apples

Jonathan Carroll

Synopsis of White Apples

Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child-a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.

But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side-if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is.

By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes.

Reviews of White Apples


...Carroll catapults through this story, inquisitively scanning life and death and afterlife and God and chaos and heartbreak -- Jules Verdone, Boston Globe

While Carroll isn't exactly writing the equivalent of "art song," it's not just bubble-gum rock either. -- Jim Krusoe, Washington Post

The constant undermining of "reality," with each newly discovered level being swiftly replaced by yet deeper strata, is richly bewildering. -- Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com

White Apples showcases Carroll at his poetic, accomplished best, in complete control of a multilayered and textured novel that is simultaneously more ambitious, yet more intimate than anything he's written before. -- Gabe Chouinard, January Magazine

As always, Carroll exhibits a seemingly effortless ability to infuse the common with the fabulous, like a gifted conjuror convincing us the incredible is nevertheless all too possible. -- William Thompson, SF Site

His latest spin is all over the place as the story line is not linear in any sense with strange flashbacks that make the time continuum seem concentrically circular. -- Harriet Klausner, Bookbrowser

The Book that should launch Jonathan Carrol from cult genre favourite to mainstream success -- John Jarrold, The Alien Online

The prose style and particularly the subject matter make this the sort of Book that many would describe as literary, but alas it came across to me as self-consciously literary. -- Stephen Palmer, Infinity Plus