George Bishop - NIGHT OF THE COMET

“Hilarious and heart-wrenching, ethereal and earthy, The Night of the Comet points us to the fragile universe of dreams and disappointments, joy and tragedy, saying here it is, all of it: feast your eyes on the magic. It’s a heavenly book. Nobody writes about the gravitational pull of parent-child relationships—all that we yearn for and all that we can’t have—like George Bishop.”—Minrose Gwin, author of The Queen of Palmyra

Please join us for a booksigning and reading with New Orleans author George Bishop featuring his new novel, THE NIGHT OF THE COMET.

From acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter George Bishop—hailed by Pat Conroy as a “novelist to keep your eye on”—comes THE NIGHT OF THE COMET.

This engrossing coming-of-age tale deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence, the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, and the subtle class distinctions that shape a community, played out against the backdrop of a small Louisiana town in 1973.

For his fourteenth birthday, Alan Broussard, Jr., receives a telescope from his father, a science teacher at the local high school who anxiously awaits what he promises will be the astronomical event of the century: the coming of Comet Kohoutek. For Alan Broussard, Sr.—frustrated in his job, remote from his family—the comet represents not only a way to raise his stature in the town and the scientific community; it’s also a connection to his past and a bridge to his son, with whom he’s eager to share his love for the stars.

But the only celestial body Junior has any interest in is his captivating new neighbor and classmate Gabriella Martello, whose bedroom sits within eyeshot of his telescope’s lens. Meanwhile, his mother Lydia sees the comet—and her husband’s obsession with it—as just one more thing that keeps her from the bigger, brighter life she once imagined for herself far from the swampy environs of Terrebonne, Louisiana. With Kohoutek drawing ever closer, the family begins to crumble under the weight of expectations, until a startling turn of events leaves both father and son far less certain about the laws that govern their universe.

Illuminating and unforgettable, THE NIGHT OF THE COMET is a novel about the perils of growing up, the longing for connection, and the idea that love and redemption can be found among the stars.

George Bishop, Jr. is the author of Letter to My Daughter.  He grew up in Louisiana, studied at Loyola University and He earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he won the Award of Excellence for a collection of stories. He has lived and taught in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan. He now lives in New Orleans.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
The Night of the Comet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345516008
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - July 30th, 2013


From the acclaimed author of Letter to My Daughter comes an engrossing coming-of-age tale that deftly conveys the hopes and heartaches of adolescence and the unfulfilled dreams that divide a family, played out against the backdrop of a small southern town in 1973.

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