Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Literary Fiction Review: Mortal Weather by KP McCarthy

Today, I have a unique novel to share with readers! Check out Mortal Weather, read my thoughts on the book, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title:  Mortal Weather by KP McCarthy
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  310 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Novel
Publisher:  Top Reads Publishing
Release date:  September 26 2023
Content Rating PG-13 + M rating. There is bad language, no explicit sex scenes, but there is a lot of death and some references to suicide. 

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About the Book

Stanhope Ellis finds himself absorbing the stories of quirky characters who have one thing in common: closeness to death. As he struggles with whether he’s Death Man or a cosmic witness, he meets a wise nurse, Gayathri Das, who helps him navigate the emotional minefield. But will she die, like the others? The unforgettable characters, including several dogs, will captivate you from the first page.

My Review


KP McCarthy Brings Readers a Must-Read Page Turner. I honestly think this is the best book I've read this year. I was undoubtedly daunted a bit when I found the massive character list at the front of the book--and I would be lying if I said that I immediately fell into sync with the author's writing style and Stanhope's story. After re-reading the first chapter a couple of times, however, I settled into Stanhope's emotional journey. I learned along with the main character as he encountered a nonstop flow of life, death, grief, doubt (and even love). The novel is driven by the eclectic cast of characters and a spiritual/philosophical journey to find meaning, hope, and healing through challenges and pain.  


Mortal Weather Isn't a Light Read. Mortal Weather is a novel that requires you to read every word and character's story. Every single character adds something to the plot and flow of Standhope's story. While there are many characters, you don't need to memorize or worry about keeping them placed--the author sets them for you perfectly and grows his story around them. However, you must pay attention to the individual stories and their contributions, as each one is important. This story isn't a novel to skim or read without focus. Mortal Weather is a thought-provoking story that will hold the reader's interest through every single word from beginning to end. Expect to read with attention, focus, and an open mind.


Would I Recommend Mortal Weather by KP McCarthy? Initially,  I wasn't sure what I was reading. I had to change my perception, read the author's words, and see his story. The novel feels like a memoir and is loaded with life stories, tragedies, loss, life, love, and inklings of hope and wisdom. Readers who enjoy spiritual or philosophical looks at life documented wonderfully with elements of religion, poetry, mythology, history, animals, nature--and the honest realities of grief, darkness, and hope--will enjoy this novel from beginning to end. If you are looking for a light, easy read--this is not that book. If you want a thought-provoking literary fiction that you can't put down--add this one to your reading list.


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Meet the Author

Among other things, Kevin Patrick McCarthy has been a geothermal geologist, a technical writer, a critic, and a screenwriter. His humor, essays, poetry, and fiction have been widely recognized. “Enough Sky,” the epigraph for Mortal Weather, was Commended by The Poetry Society (UK) in 2014. He is a fourth-generation Coloradoan who now lives in the Pacific with his wife Tricia, and their dog, Nani.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

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