The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

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The texture of family life as it unravels, then begins to regenerate, is conveyed with unflinching clarity and redemptive good humor.
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The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do—when a middle school girl is abducted in broad daylight, a fellow student and witness to the crime copes with the tragedy in an unforgettable way.

What happens to the girl left behind?

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

After Lisa’s abduction, Meredith spends most days in her room. As the community stages vigils and searches, Claire, Meredith’s mother, is torn between relief that her daughter is alive, and helplessness over her inability to protect or even comfort her child. Her daughter is here, but not.

Like Everything I Never Told You and Room, The Fall of Lisa Bellow is edgy and original, a hair-raising exploration of the ripple effects of an unthinkable crime. It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.
 

About Susan Perabo

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Susan Perabo is the writer in residence and an associate professor of En-glish at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Glimmer Train, Story, TriQuarterly, and The Missouri Review, and in the anthologies Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. She is the author of a novel, The Broken Places.
 
Published March 14, 2017 by Simon & Schuster. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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on Oct 05 2016

The texture of family life as it unravels, then begins to regenerate, is conveyed with unflinching clarity and redemptive good humor.

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