Jonathan Rogers writes wise and encouraging reviews even in smart-alecky social media conversations full of inside jokes, and we are grateful for this. The Stonemason’s House releases on October 15.

Pete Peterson isn’t always clear on the difference between a story, an anecdote, and an observation. The Stonemason’s House, however, is neither an anecdote nor an observation, but a beautifully rendered story full of wisdom and sadness and yearning.

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan Rogers writes swampy adventures for kids and less-swampy books for grownups. He teaches literature and moral philosophy at New College Franklin and hosts an online writing community called The Habit. Dr. Rogers tells jaw-dropping anecdotes, loves Flannery O’Connor, and was duly rewarded for the above review with a tale of alligator sighting.