The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
A Novel

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On an evening like any other, nine-year-old Katie Mackey, daughter of the most affluent family in a small town on the plains of Indiana, sets out on her bicycle to return some library books.

This simple act is at the heart of The Bright Forever, a suspenseful, deeply affecting novel about the choices people make that change their lives forever. Keeping fact, speculation, and contradiction playing off one another as the details unfold, author Lee Martin creates a fast-paced story that is as gripping as it is richly human. His beautiful, clear-eyed prose builds to an extremely nuanced portrayal of the complicated give and take among people struggling to maintain their humanity in the shadow of a loss.

Reminiscent of books such as The Little Friend and The Lovely Bones, but most memorable for its own perceptions and power, The Bright Forever is a compelling and emotional tale about the human need to know even the hardest truth.


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About Lee Martin

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Lee Martin is the author of the award-winning story collection "The Least You Need to Know" & the recipient of an NEA fellowship among other awards. He is a professor of English at the University of North Texas & the editor of the "American Literary Review". Dutton will publish his first novel, "Just Enough Haughty", in June 2001.
 
Published May 3, 2005 by Broadway Books. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Few things cause as much distress as the abduction of a little girl; second-novelist Martin (Quakertown, 2001) milks that situation for all it's worth in a multiply narrated story.

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