An exceptionally eloquent and assured debut.
The Sunday Times
Wascom is able to create an eerie bond between America's past and its present.
Every page of Kent Wascom's debut, The Blood of Heaven, struck me with its beauty and ugliness... This is not, like most novels, a glimpse of a life. It is a life.
A compelling saga of violence, ambition and love... an extraordinary voice telling an extraordinary story.
The Blood of Heaven entertains with its energetic language and fast-paced action, and the love story between Angel and his wife is moving in its you-and-me-against-the-world naïveté. Wascom's research is put to good use as the gargantuan forces of history squash Angel and his associates.
New York Times Book Review
A bold, brilliant debut... It's the work of a young writer with tremendous ambition, a bildungsroman of religion and revolution... Wascom writes with a fire-breathing, impassioned eloquence.
The Washington Post
Compelling. Wascom's writing rolls from the page in torrents, like the sermon of a revivalist preacher in the grip of inspiration. You can't help listening, no matter how wicked the message.
The Wall Street Journal
A powerful and memorable story.
Secessia should be greeted with trumpets and fanfare. I haven't read a novel this exciting in a long, long time.Valerie Martin
Wascom, who was born in New Orleans, has justly been compared to Cormac McCarthy, but the spirit of his new novel is touched by the lurid energy of Anne Rice and Joyce Carol Oates and even Edgar Allen Poe.
Though most of the characters are as passionate, selfish, and greedy as the city itself, Wascom makes every one of them a pleasure to read, effortlessly inhabiting each of their specific psychologies. . . . This is such a good yarn that readers will be totally on board with the whole rambunctious package.