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Book Chase reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Unusual ... ambitious ... imaginative"

“David Rain’s debut novel, The Heat of the Sun, is an unusual and ambitious one … He numbers Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald among his favorite authors, and there are shades of both in his debut novel. The novel also reminds me a bit of John Irving’s work and, bottom line, The Heat of the…
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Washington Post reviews The Heat of the Sun

"A heartbreaking beauty worthy of Puccini's music"

A curious review of The Heat of the Sun in the Washington Post for December 4, 2012, which calls the novel “operatic” but seems equivocal about what to make of that. Reviewer Wendy Smith complains about “over-the-top plot twists” and “melodrama” but also says that “Rain is a talented writer, and ‘The Heat of the Sun’ is…
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Curled Up With a Good Book reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Powerful images sear into the reader's mind"

“Profound and operatic … The novel unfolds in melancholy beauty … Incorporating a descriptive pointillism distinctly his own, Rain’s powerful images sear into the reader’s mind a panoramic view of history, the rise of a nuclear armed world, and a realistic and brutally honest portrayal of the ripple affect of human atrocities. Amid all is…
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Feathered Quill reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Amazingly accomplished ... a masterpiece"

“An amazingly accomplished writer … a masterpiece of imagery, depth and range. The fact that The Heat of the Sun is David Rain’s debut novel is somewhat shocking to me. I honestly believe not only this body of work, but future endeavors will be stories that rest among that place reserved for some of the…
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BrodartVibe on The Heat of the Sun

"A truly inventive tour de force ... BRAVO, David Rain!"

“I found myself so moved that I consider The Heat of the Sun a truly inventive tour de force … The final dénouement was a crescendo of great emotion, inevitable tragedy, pathos, and some degree of redemption. And is that not what great operatic drama is all about? BRAVO, David Rain!” Read the full review…
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Booklist reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Dramatic ... operatic ... engaging"

“What happened to the characters in Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly after Cio-Cio-San’s suicide? Australian author Rain imagines some answers in . . . [a first novel that is] dramatic, even operatic, and an engaging read.” Booklist is a publication of the American Library Associates and reviews requires registration for access.

Publishers Weekly on The Heat of the Sun

"Masterfully weaves Madame Butterfly through the 20th century ... evoke(s) Fitzgerald and Styron"

“Spanning most of the 20th century, Australian author Rain continues the story begun in Madame Butterfly in his ambitious debut. U.S. naval officer Pinkerton becomes a powerful 20th-century political figure through his marriage to Kate, scion of an influential family who raises as her own her husband’s illegitimate son, Ben, known as “Trouble.” Telling his…
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Kirkus Reviews on The Heat of the Sun

"A remarkable debut ..."

“A remarkable debut that reinvents, elaborates and extends into the late 20th century the story Puccini made famous in Madama Butterfly. “Woodley Sharpless—orphan, cripple, closeted homosexual—is a noted biographer. He guides us through the life story of Ben “Trouble” Pinkerton. Trouble is the apt name for a man who makes a scene on the periphery of…
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Irish Examiner reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Utterly authentic ... memorable"

“This absorbing novel, told in episodic set pieces, takes the reader through the war and beyond it. … [Rain’s] depiction of the US and Americans feels utterly authentic. His characters are memorable; even those with a walk-on part. … This book captures the gaiety and tumult of a troubled age. But it is ultimately a…
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The Book Boy reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Stunning debut ... incredibly clever"

“This stunning debut, by Australian-born David Rain, takes the story of that famous Geisha girl and gives it an American twist … Rain’s writing is incredibly clever. His colourful prose transports you to roaring Manhattan, to Nagasaki, to Mexico. The dialogue between the two main characters is believable, honest, and told in such a way…
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