Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765303882, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2002
Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Pushed and prodded by strange omens and stranger persons, he gradually learns that he was brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child-a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.
But to be brought up right, he must be educated in part by his father. Specifically, he must be taught what Vincent learned on the other side-if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is.
By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible, White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes.
Jonathan Carroll has written 13 novels, a short story collection, and a number of film scripts. He has won the World Fantasy award, British Fantasy award, French Fantasy award (twice), and the Bram Stoker award. He has lived in Vienna, Austria for three decades with his wife Beverly and immortal bullterrier, Jack the Idiot.
“Reading Jonathan Carroll is like watching the X-Files or The Twilight Zone if the episodes were written by Dostoevski or Italo Calvino.” –Pat Conroy
“Jonathan Carroll is a master of sunlit surrealism.” —Jonathan Lethem
“Jonathan Carroll creates contemporary romances in the literary tradition of Hawthorne and other masters of the form. Fete him, read his books. See him for what he is—one of our most gifted and intelligent entertainers.” —The Washington Post