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Although this is Mullen's first published work, there are none of the usual verbal pyrotechnics or high-wire "look how well I can write" balancing acts one sees with beginning authors. How refreshing to read a younger author who has already progressed beyond his ego and knows that it's all about story, story, story. Mullen tells his tale cleanly, simply and plainly--making the ironies and allegories all the more potent. I knew almost nothing of the flu epidemic of 1918 and even less about the political climate in the US during WW1. These are not subjects I would go out of my way to read about, but Mullen has made them compelling and interesting. In fact, the author's voice has the same level of confidence and maturity that one only finds in writers with decades more experience (I kept thinking of Wallace Stegner and Alice Munro while I was reading)--authors who earn your trust and confidence so early and easily that you completely relax into the writing and the voice. It's already on my Ten Best List; I can't imagine I'll read ten better books this year. It's easily the most impressive and heartfelt book I've read in a long while. --Terry Goodman
Thomas Mullen’s powerful historical novel, The Last Town on Earth, is a moving debut from a talented Canadian writer. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Marmalade
Mullen chose the period around 1918, during World War I and the terrible flu epidemic. This provided a backdrop for an interesting exploration of human nature. Well written. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Simplicity Seeker
Had to read it for a class and loved it. Hooks into history if you like History. I never read books and I read this one to the very end.Published 24 days ago by Hailie Chandler
This was an interesting time in history. With today's communication I wonder if things would have gotten out of hand.Published 3 months ago by W. Baker
Dash it all!
When I first read of this book, I could not wait to get it and read it. I imagined myself spellbound, held captive by this fascinating period in American... Read more