Bent Road by Lori Roy

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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

"Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tale of extraordinary emotional power, one of longstanding pain set against the pulsating drumbeat of social change."
-Sarah Weinman, NPR.org

For twenty years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve's death. But when the 1967 Detroit riots frighten him even more than his Kansas past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and the same small town where Eve mysteriously died. And then a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man's curve. . . .

On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie; a lonely little girl dresses in her dead aunt's clothes; a boy hefts his father's rifle in search of a target; and a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. It is a place where people learn: Sometimes killing is the kindest way.

Bent Road has been optioned for film in 2012 by Cross Creek Pictures with Mark Mallouk to adapt and Benderspink to produce.


 

About Lori Roy

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LORI ROY lives with her family in west central Florida. She is the author of the Edgar®-Award winning novel Bent Road.
 
Published March 31, 2011 by Plume. 366 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Eventually, the Scott family realizes the truth about what happened to Eve, and Ruth deals with the frightening future she faces if she stays with her husband.

Jan 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Publishers Weekly

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When Negro boys start phoning Elaine, Arthur Scott's teenage daughter, Arthur decides it's time to leave Detroit and return to the small Kansas town that he left 20 years earlier after his sister Eve's mysterious death.

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

BC Books

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Arthur Scott, his wife and three children have been living in Detroit, but sparked by the racial riots and a number calls to his oldest daughter from some black young men, Arthur decides that perhaps Thomas Wolfe was wrong;

Mar 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

NPR

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At first, Lori Roy seems to be taking a counterintuitive approach with her first novel Bent Road, eschewing flash and dazzle for plainspoken prose and a story that mines past crimes for present consequences.Don't be fooled by the novel's apparent simplicity: What emerges from the surface is a tal...

Mar 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Book Reporter

Indeed, it begins with the Scott family --- husband Arthur, wife Celia, daughters Elaine and Evie, and son Daniel --- returning in 1967 to Arthur's home in rural Kansas, the home he fled some 20 years before.

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The Washington Times

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“Bent Road” (Dutton), by Lori Roy: In the late 1960s, Arthur Scott flees from the race riots in Detroit, uprooting his wife and three children to return to small-town Kansas and the comforts of farmland, family and a racially homogenous town.

Mar 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Dallas News

Thomas Wolfe famously proclaimed “You can’t go home again,” and with her first novel, Bent Road, Lori Roy proves that if you try, you’ll regret it.

May 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Tampa Bay Times

Roy, born and raised in the Midwest, fills her story with the sentimental trappings of farm life — ruffled aprons and cherry pies, old red pickups and roaming cows — but she also accurately draws a culture that is oppressively rigid and private to the point of paranoia.

Mar 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

City Book Review

“Much wider than those to heaven.” “Is there something you want to say to this family?” Arthur says to Father Flannery.”

Mar 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Seattle PI

Arthur Scott, his wife and three children have been living in Detroit, but sparked by the racial riots and a number calls to his oldest daughter from some black young men, Arthur decides that perhaps Thomas Wolfe was wrong;

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Bookmarks Magazine

Colette Bancroft South FL Sun-Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars "In her debut novel, Lori Roy masterfully mixes a noir approach with gothic undertones for an engrossing story about family secrets and tragedies.

Mar 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Bent Road

Jackson District Library

But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.” Arthur is convinced that it will keep is family safe and help his son become a man.

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