A darkly funny thriller about one boy's attempt to unravel the mysterious phenomenon affecting students in his new town, as he finds a way to resist sinister forces and pursue hope for them all.
Wallace Cole is perpetually moving against his will. His father has some deeply important job with an energy company that he refuses to explain to Wallace who is, shall we say, suspicious. Not that his father ever listens to him. Just as Wallace is getting settled into a comfortable life in Kentucky, his father lets him know they need to immediately depart for a new job in a small town in Upstate New York which has recently been struck by an outbreak of inexplicable hysterics--an outbreak which is centered at the high school Wallace will attend.
In the new town, go from disturbing to worse: trees appear to be talking to people; a school bully, the principal, and the town police force take an instant dislike to Wallace; and the student body president is either falling for him or slipping into the enveloping darkness. Bright Shining World is a novel of resistance, of young people finding hope and courage and community in a collapsing world.
About the Author
Josh Swiller is the New York Times bestselling author of The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
“A unique and wonderful gut-punch of a novel…. Our scary complicated world needs this bright shining book.” —Lance Rubin, author of Crying Laughing and Denton Little’s Deathdate
“Brilliant, stunning, and wonderful. I absolutely loved it…. Just... wow!" —Andrew Smith, award-winning author of Grasshopper Jungle