Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
Title: Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
Author: John Gregory Brown
Old Murphy’s unexpected return to the Eagen home in New Orleans sparks off reminiscences of the family’s history from the 1930s to the 1960s, when a misunderstanding leads to tragedy.
The novel that marked John Gregory’s Brown’s much-heralded debut, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery is a “finely wrought tale . . . that unlocks its secrets like a Chinese box, each hidden compartment opening to reveal yet another, until at the end we stand aghast at the complexity that lies before us” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). This is the heartbreaking story of the Eagens, an New Orleans family of “mixed blood,” as recalled by three unforgettable narrators, each intimately entangled in the family’s small tragedies and betrayals.