Milton Pitt leads an uneventful life, with a dull job and a secret longing for adventure. One morning, after he is hit by a speeding car, he suffers an out-of-body experience and awakens back in his bedroom. Everything is just the same – that is, except for the bloody footprints leading to the chimney…
Is this his chance to lead a better life? Was it just a dream? Or is he simply dead?
In this richly inventive and humorous novella, Edward Vass brings the themes of Dante’s Divine Comedy 700 years into the future.
‘Let Milton in Purgatory take you into the beyond. There you’ll meet God (though not as you know him), find out why the Saints frown upon queue-jumping, and discover that life comes down to the same fundamental truths: must mate, is that it, time to die. Smart, funny, and an excellent writer, Edward Vass is the ideal guide for a journey into the beyond.’ – Dr. Owen Clayton, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Lincoln
‘A funny, original and quintessentially British account of a twenty-first-century man confronted by the afterlife.’ – Abbie Walker (@ ab_reads), London Book Fair’s 2019 Bookstagrammer of the Year
‘A weird and wonderful tale, full of violent twists and turns. This surprising début novella punches above its weight and pulls no punches.’ – Jennifer Rushworth, Lecturer in Comparative Literature at UCL and author of books on Dante and Petrarch
‘Dark, twisted and occasionally hilarious. The journey of young Milton through afterlife does not only call the reader out on philosophical dilemmas but also gives a long hard look on contemporary folly. An interesting debut novella.‘ – Edith Soosaar, Bookstagrammer @alibraryinmyluggage