John Enright


Selected Works

Fiction
The Dominick Chronicles, Saga Two. An old house in the idyllic Hudson Valley, a new lover, a fresh life for Dominick—or will the faith-driven doom it all?
The Dominick Chronicles, Saga One. Dominick is a professional houseguest to the leisure class. This year he makes the mistake of wintering in New England and is sucked into his eccentric hosts' misadventures. Now the feds are searching for him. Or is it him?
Samoan Det. Sgt. Apelu Soifua must cross cultures to untangle drug smuggling and murder conspiracy.
Samoan Det. Apelu Soifua has to go into hiding to prove himself no murderer.
A clash between modern and mystical forces on a remote Samoan island leads to a grisly murder.
The closer Samoan Det. Apelu Soifua gets to solving the serial murders, the closer he gets to becoming the next victim.
Poetry
A distillation of a poet's output during 26 years living in Samoa.
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Some People Talk with God

The past just won’t go away. Dominick likes to idle there in history’s comfortable remove, but when his mother dies and he meets the half sister he never knew he had, the past becomes more personal—and the present more dangerous.

In this sequel to New Jerusalem News, Dominick’s perpetual peregrinations are interrupted by a visit to his newfound sibling’s historic Hudson Valley estate, which is also home to a Wiccan coven. In one way or another his departure is continually delayed by circumstance, brushes with the local sheriff, and the history of the place itself—a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Once again, Dominick’s quest for noninvolvement and a purely “observer’s” status is thwarted by reality. In Some People Talk With God, follow the new misadventures of this charming wanderer as he encounters an ineffable world of lovers, schemers, and fanatics.

Praise for Some People Talk with God:

Enright’s style is so delightfully casual and conversational that you might miss the perceptive and penetrating comments he and Dominick make about the cultural collisions and religious rumblings of small-town American life. The plot’s like a crazy quilt of unexpected episodes as Dominick is tossed back and forth amid the characters he meets and enjoys. . .This is a deliciously charming caper of a novel, buttressed by Dominick’s a dventures and observations. . . Enright tackles serious issues but he’s a deft yarn-spinner and will seduce you at once. (Providence Journal)


Enright takes his time setting up the story, quietly sketching depths beneath Dominick's bland surface and Amanda's deceptively calm exterior. Colorful minor characters provide easy-reading pleasure. Dominick's interrogation of history's puzzles and threads holds the (mostly) low-key plot together. This good vacation diversion has little to do with faith, title notwithstanding. (Publishers Weekly)