In Serpents of Blissfull, Isaac Butts is forced to confront venomous serpents, both physical and emotional, in order to rebuild his life and exorcise the demons from his past.
“Bruce Pratt knows the broken hearts and minds of the backwoods, and in this book he gives us a darkly funny and brilliant portrait of a down-but-never-out misfit struggling for a toehold in life’s craggy hills… Not since The Beans Of Egypt Maine has there been a book so true to it sense of place. The Serpents of Blissfull is an absolute winner.”
— Clint McCown
“The Serpents of Blissfull is a wonderful read—well-drawn characters, intriguing setting, strong but subtle writing. The narrator, Isaac (Ize) Butts—no’count drunkard, veteran, and born-again Christian who joins the snake-handling Star of Morning Church—has a marvelous voice, a voice at once gritty and poetic, earthy and insightful, a voice that is as real and unique as the mountain hollers from which it came.”
— Dr. Michael White
“A compelling narrative of faith and redemption. Bruce Pratt’s Serpents of Blissfull pays homage to the characters too often disregarded by contemporary fiction. His rendering of their pathos, their struggle, and their humanity is as skillful as it is tender, and it places him squarely in the tradition of other greats like Roddy Doyle, Annie Proulx, and Richard Russo.”
— Kathryn Miles, Associate Professor of Environmental Writing, Unity College
About the Author
Bruce Pratt is a graduate of The Stonecoast MFA at The University of Southern Maine, where he teaches undergraduate creative writing, He also coaches the Outdoor Track and Field Team at John Bapst Memorial High School, a small private, non-sectarian college preparatory day school in Bangor Maine. Pratt and his wife, Janet, live in Eddington, Maine.