Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter (2011)
Josh Ritter starts with a horse and a goat, a war veteran and his newborn; then he throws in an angel to weave together the story of Henry Bright. Absurd as this sounds, singer/songwriter Ritter’s 1st novel is a humorous and poignant little story.

It reflects the miseries of World War I and the hardships of life in early-20th century Appalachia but with a touch optimism and hope. With his gift for metaphor and unique imagination Ritter has written an enchanting parable; a story of a journey, emotional and physical, it yields unexpected pleasures.