The Book of Ash
“Fans of Kurt Vonnegut (and aren’t we all?) are sure to appreciate the humor and depth of John McCaffrey’s debut novel. Darkly satirical, The Book of Ash is sure to be read by future generations as a classic dystopian novel.” – Jill Dearman, Bang The Keys (Penguin)
“John McCaffrey has written a fascinating and wildly imaginative novel. It’s a very well-crafted jewel. Every word is carefully chosen. Every name, every saying in The Book of Ash, every unexpected twist and turn, and even the chapter titles contribute to the fantastic world that he so deliberately creates. Read this book. John is a writer to know and to follow.” – Burt Weissbourd, Inside Passage (The Corey Logan Trilogy)
“The dystopian vision of The Book of Ash menaces well, without the need of a single surveillance camera, patrol robot or jackbooted thug: a mere “Encouragement” suffices. Paralleling our own society’s obsession with “self-help” movements- those coercing us to be the best we can be- the author spins a striking allegory, full of humor and humanism, relentlessly pondering the feasibility of true love.” Tim Bridwell, Sophronia L.
“The futuristic world in McCaffrey’s Book of Ash is eerily believable. It’s a future that isn’t farfetched, and that definitely sparked both worry and hope in me as I read. Often, writers create a brighter world to look forward to. McCaffrey cuts straight to the bone. The future isn’t necessarily better or worse–just different, darker, and (yes) funnier.” – Douglas Light, The Trouble With Bliss
“John McCaffrey’s The Book of Ash is an original and quirky narrative through a neurotic and nervous dystopia. Resembling Woody Allen and 1984’s Winston Smith, Baldwin Wallace decides to change his life and fumbles through the consequences. While his world feels only inches away from ours, and therein lays the discomfort, it is the mundane, the conversations, debates, and discussions which make this novel feel so different. The evil here isn’t in some omnipresent government or overlord, but in the character’s daily concerns and worries.” Erik Raschke, The Book of Samuel (St. Martin’s Griffin)