Reed's Beach by Bret Lott

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Hugh and Laura Walker could never have anticipated that the single greatest source of joy in their lives could so suddenly fill them with such unrelenting grief. The death of their only child, seven-year-old Michael -- struck by a car just seconds after stepping off his school bus -- has left them stranded in a sea of sorrow. With no emotional compass to guide them, the Walkers retreat to an old cottage near Cape May, New Jersey, where, separated from the daily reminders of their numbing loss, they hope to reenter the world of the living.
But lurking just below their sanity and resolve are memories -- not only of the simple joy that Michael brought to their lives, but also of the horror of his fatal accident. Buffeted by the conflicting winds of mourning and renewal, the Walkers see the once-solid foundation of their marriage begin to loosen. And Laura harbors a secret -- one essential to her self-preservation, but which could destroy all she and Hugh have ever been to each other. Reed's Beach weaves domestic tragedy with a strikingly original thriller of the heart, revealing the truths hidden deep within each of us, while holding out the elusive promise of love and hope.

About Bret Lott

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Bret Lott is the author of the novels Ancient Highway, A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprah's Book Club selection), The Hunt Club, Reed's Beach, A Stranger's House, and The Man Who Owned Vermont; and the story collections A Dream of Old Leaves, How to Get Home, and The Difference Between Women and Men; the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers; and the writing guide Before We Get Started. Formerly editor of The Southern Review, he was appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 2006. Bret Lott lives with his wife, Melanie, in Hanahan, South Carolina.
Published June 18, 2013 by Washington Square Press. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Naturally and not surprisingly, Michael's death turned over a very old log that had settled itself in quite snugly, and it makes Hugh and Lora take a fresh look at all that they have buried down the years.

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Laura finds succor in Roland and Winnie, a rather self-consciously down-home couple with a flair for the cliched and hokey dictum: ``Truth is, sweetheart, seems we just needed to come in here and have a good gab session.'' For his part, Hugh goes to his office, fends off his co-workers' sympathy,...

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