"A zany, way out & delightful fantasy novel"
Out of control womanizer Vincent Ettrich recently died, but
in spite of his many women no one truly mourns his
passing. However, ironically the philandering Vincent is a
key player in the grand cosmic scheme. Thus, he is brought
back to life to perform a key role that will enable the
great plan to occur. He had left behind besides a wife, a
pregnant lover. That unborn child is the critical person
in the universe to insure the future goes according to the
Though the fetus Anjo needs his mother Isabelle, Vincent is
to teach his offspring what he has learned from his death.
The problem is Vincent remembers nothing of his death or
what it is he should be teaching his son. If he fails to
do his part of the mission, Anjo will lack the knowledge
needed to insure implementation of the plan leading to a
failed future yet Vincent cannot accept that he died and
When it comes to way out fantasy where readers peeping
through the looking glass at death see a certain signpost
ahead, it means Jonathan Carroll. His latest spin is all
over the place as the story line is not linear in any sense
with strange flashbacks that make the time continuum seem
concentrically circular. Yet somehow the talented Mr.
Carroll provides an insightful, weird, but entertainingly
different perceptive on life, death, and the free will vs.
pre-determinism debate that is not for everyone except
those fans who want something unusual in their novels.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 13, 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.