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The New York TimesMr. Brandon channels many influences while always sounding like himself. At his best…he writes in a crackling way about small hopes and larger despair. He gravitates to the kind of regional misfits who drew Flannery O'Connor's eye, and his dialogue is snappy and eccentric, like a combination of two masters of the craft, Elmore Leonard and Charles Portis…The shortcomings of A Million Heavens are those of a confident young author trying new things, which is no crime and may even pay dividends. Its strengths—assured prose, well-timed wisecracks and a convincing crew of pilgrims just waiting for directions—are quickly becoming Mr. Brandon's trademarks.