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Country Roads Magazine - December 1, 2013
"Bishop is a born storyteller. So many moments in The Night of the
Comet just feel so true and right that you find yourself whipping
through it faster than you wanted to… I have two pieces of advice:
read George Bishop’s The Night of the Comet, and take a little time
on a dark, clear evening to look up at the stars… it’s the greatest
show off Earth."
New York Post "Required Reading" - August 18, 2013
“The comet in question is Kohoutek, which for people coming of age
in the 1970s caused some hoopla. In Bishopʼs funny and endearing
follow-up to his novel “Letter to My Daughter,” Alan Broussard Jr.
gets a telescope for his 14th birthday from his amateur astronomer
dad, a science teacher at the high school in their Louisiana bayou
town. But Junior is less interested in Kohoutek than in lovely
Gabriella Martello, whose family lives in a mansion within telescope
view — with a lifestyle that catches the attention of Juniorʼs mom.”
Shelf Awareness - August 13, 2013
“Bishop’s stunningly crafted coming-of-age novel of yearning,
devotion and choices will bring readers back to their own first
love. The time period is captured brilliantly and the story is
hauntingly realistic. As if the outstanding plot and lovingly
developed characters weren’t enough, the book is interspersed with
enough fascinating nuggets about astronomy and sky watching that it
wouldn’t be surprising if it sparked a run on telescopes after its
People - August 12, 2013
"It's the summer of '73, and the Kohoutek comet is hurtling toward
Earth. The media hypes doomsday, while in a dull Louisiana backwater
an obsessed science teacher becomes unraveled by his passion for the
approaching mass of ice and gas. Told through the eyes of his
14-year-old son, himself tortured by passion for a new girl in town,
this lyrical family saga twinkles with bittersweet humanity. As the
comet becomes a laughingstock, Bishop (Letter to My Daughter) does a
heavenly job telescoping the heady promise of youth tinged with the
sorrow of lost dreams."
--Joanna Powell, PEOPLE
The Cleveland Plain Dealer – August 4, 2013
In his new novel, "The Night of the Comet," George Bishop builds
a Bildungsroman upon the arrival of Kohoutek, using it as a metaphor
for life's expectations, mysteries, glories and disappointments . .
. Alan is an appealing character who embodies the poignant hopes and
fantasies and fears of a young man caught by love's gravity.
Huntington News (WV) – July 30, 2013
“Comet” combines the best writing I’ve seen in a long time of coming
of age, midlife crises and the ‘quiet’–or not so quiet–desperation
that Thoreau wrote of. Bishop’s prose is good writing, serious but
liberally seasoned with a sense of humor.
Kirkus Reviews – July 1, 2013
Filled with the kind of wistful longing that characterizes the
coming-of-age novel, this latest from the talented Bishop brings
stardust and domestic disillusionment to the bayous of Louisiana …
Coming-of-age novels examine youthful revelations about the
world—filled with cynicism and wonder and rearranged
expectations—and the quality hinges on the honesty of the voice, the
truth of the observations, the handling of innocence lost; Bishop
succeeds on all these fronts.
A fine story of everyday sadness and otherworldly joys.
Publishers Weekly – June 24, 2013
Bishop's resonant follow-up to his 2010 mother-daughter themed
debut… …explores the complexities of a father-son relationship
through science, astronomy, and the growing pains of adolescence.
Booklist – June, 2013
A quiet, occasionally bittersweet novel about the differences
between desire and disappointment, expectation and reality.