The Returned by Jason Mott

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The novel is fascinating, the premise intriguing. It’s a story that readers will find difficult to put down, even though it leaves some unanswered questions...With such a powerful debut novel, Jason Mott has set the bar very high for his next book.
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"The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence

The sensational New York Times bestselling novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life…

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

 

About Jason Mott

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Jason Mott holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. Jason lives in North Carolina.
 
Published April 1, 2014 by MIRA. 345 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Sep 02 2013

While sometimes the book felt a bit slow, it is still and easy read with a fresh and unique perspective on a subject which has fascinated people for centuries.

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Reviewed by John M. Wills on Feb 24 2014

The novel is fascinating, the premise intriguing. It’s a story that readers will find difficult to put down, even though it leaves some unanswered questions...With such a powerful debut novel, Jason Mott has set the bar very high for his next book.

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